The Safe Journey Institute is a civic, non-profit, humanitarian and apolitical organisation, established by road accident victims, their relatives, experts and other volunteers. Its primary activities include professional counselling for traffic accident victims, campaigns, preventive and educational programmes for raising awareness, personal responsibility and road traffic culture.
As a non-governmental organisation, the Safe Journey Institute wishes to protect each road and traffic user. In the following three years Safe Journey Institute commits, with the help of experts, organisations and medical, social, legal and spiritual help, to carrying out the following actions which will offer professional counselling to traffic accident victims as well as raising social awareness, personal responsibility and road traffic culture:
We intend to prevent death and injury on the roads through education of young road users in educational workshops “5x STOP is COOL”. We will organise approximately 70 not-for-profit workshops a year, aiming to include about 1,500 teenagers. The aim of the workshops “5x STOP is COOL" will be to show and explain road safety to teenagers and hopefully change their attitudes and standpoints towards it in the process: developing tolerance, attention and a positive attitude to other participants in traffic, basic reasons for wearing a seat belt and a helmet, the consequences of speeding, aggression, drunk driving and driving under the influence of alcohol… Workshops include different social games and group work methods to stimulate young people to reflect on and understand the meaning of road safety, exchange opinions and their views within the group, build a positive attitude towards road safety; presentation of a life story by a teenage victim of a traffic accident; presentation of a film showing the consequences of drunk driving followed by a lecture by an expert and an internet forum where teenagers can exchange their opinions and debate on road safety.
We will offer free educational courses to approximately 1,000 midwifes, parents, nurses, pedagogues and others wishing to improve child safety by teaching how to use child safety seats. Educational courses will be held in kindergartens, hospitals, the Institute of the Republic of Slovenia for rehabilitations and other locations across Slovenia. Courses will include practical demonstrations on how to use a child safety seat and other information concerning child road safety.
We will organise a conference entitled "Transportation of disabled children" aimed at presenting the safety of disabled children to the public and government. The outcome of the conference will also provide a base for changing regulations concerning transportation of disabled children as well as the creation of a special professional group which will include over 100 experts from different fields - medicine, transport, police, road safety. These groups of experts will offer free information and advice through various workshops to parents and guardians of disabled children on road safety and transporting disabled children.
Every third weekend in November we will organise an event on The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims that will be followed by the lighting of candles in honour of the memory of traffic-related victims. We will also be organising speeches on traffic and road safety related issues in Ljubljana where the main event will take place. We will provide media campaigns that will stimulate people to behave responsibly in traffic and to mark this weekend as an accident free weekend.