The Institute aims to support and promote actions that advance road safety and traffic education, as well as study, research, information and education sectors targeting on the prevention and reduction of traffic accidents.
The reason for the Institution’s founding is that Greece is the country with the highest number of fatal accidents across Europe. Moreover, traffic accidents are the first cause of death in Greece.
The occasion for the creation of the Institute was the tragic loss of a young charismatic man, very promising in the field of technology and journalism.
Panos Mylonas, was completing his studies in the Faculty of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering Department on Patras University and was at the same time, editor of car magazines. He lost his life at the age of 22 on a traffic accident on the midday of March 22nd 2004, while he was driving to Patra to attend lectures of his Faculty.
According to Patras University, which has already established a scholarship in his memory, Panos was “a student of great moral values, very promising future in the fields of technology and journalism, endued with special skills and multiple interests. His loss has shocked the University Community”
We hope that this effort, which started after a tragic event, will be the start of improvement on road safety conditions in our country.
Let’s hope that the tragic loss of a young moral man, with respect for the human kind and love for life, will sign the start of active participation for road safety and that Panos’ loss will be the cause of fewer deaths on the roads.