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Good practice submission

Good practice submission

What problem did you address/are you addressing? 
It calls the attention to the risks of driving under fatigue. According to certain researches this is an even greater accident risk than drink driving. The initiative has been implemented in many parts of the world, in many ways. The Hungarian programme could be considered unique because it tries to prevent fatigue-related in a complex way, combining awareness raising and offering awakening and refreshing drinks/food/exercises. Prevention of the fatigue-related fatal and serious injury accidents. At the time of winter and summer holidays a lot of people travel to the Eastern European countries. They’re vulnerable road users, because when they arrive near the Hungarian border, they have already driven thousands kilometers without having a rest. In the course of this program policemen stop the drivers and in order to prevent drivers from falling asleep, they offer them to drink some coffee or tea or ask them eat some sweets or make them move a bit to get refreshed.
What are your objectives? 
The purpose of this campaign is absolutely about the prevention.
It helps to create a positive opinion about the police force.
This initiative is very much welcomed, and no fatigue-related accident has happened on roads concerned.
List the actions you carried/are carrying out 
Date 
Friday, 1 January, 2016
Name of action 

The targeted control sites must be chosen based on the distance from the border and the possibilities of stopping the vehicles in an adequate place. It is important to have a wide variety of – mainly warm - drinks containing caffeine, to avoid people refusing it because they do not like it. During the implementation, the officers and volunteers must talk to the drivers and call their attention to the dangers of drowsy driving. Civilian organisation may be involved, volunteers can cooperate in the serving of drinks and also giving information. Peer to peer communication often is more efficient than getting the information from a uniformed officer. The campaign is a good example of how the state and the civilian sphere can cooperate in the field of accident prevention.  

How did you disseminate/are you disseminating results or how did you promote/are you promoting your initiative? 
The campaign is announced first of all through the press. Furthermore, leaflets are distributed in the rest areas, gas stations and restaurants along the concerned road sections, calling the attention on the dangers of fatigued driving, thus enhancing the effects of the campaign.
How did you evaluate/are you evaluating the success of your action? 
The evaluation of the campaign is carried out continuously. Indicators are the statistical numbers of the occurred accidents, the number of reached persons and the number of distributed posters and leaflets. Its efficiency can be measured objectively by observing the number of fatigue-related accidents.