15 years of work… and we continue! Road Safety Institute (RSI)
15 years of work… and we continue!  Road Safety Institute (RSI)
15 years of work… and we continue!
Road Safety Institute (RSI) "Panos Mylonas"

This May, the Road Safety Institute (RSI) "Panos Mylonas" celebrates 15 years of continuous action for a better world, "a world without road crashes." To this day, RSI has trained 215,445 students of all educational levels, 5,395 teachers, 46,548 Officers and Military Unit Officials, 15,750 Company Executives and Employees, 20,050 Scouts, and 1,005 delinquent young people and their families. RSI has implemented more than 150 information & awareness campaigns informing more than 6,000,000 people in Greece about critical road safety issues through the -approved by the Greek National Council for Radio and Television- TV and radio broadcasts of the social messages that the Institute constantly promotes throughout the country. With its 3,500 volunteers and the support of socially sensitive organizations, the Institute carries out hundreds of activities each year with significant positive impact on the society as a whole. Faithful to their vision, the people of RSI continue their work… for a world without the pandemic of road accidents, a world of safety and culture on the streets, a world we deserve and we need.

It was May 12, 2005 when the Road Safety Institute (RSI) “Panos Mylonas” was founded, almost a year after the tragic and unjust loss of Panos. The young student of the Department of Engineering and Aeronautical Engineering at the University of Patras and journalist of the Auto Special Press, who lost his life at the age of 22, while driving to attend his classes. In the same year Greece had the highest number of fatal road accidents across Europe, which used to be and still remains the leading cause of death for young people in Greece and worldwide. In order to deal with this serious situation, we established RSI “Panos Mylonas”, with lots of effort, persistence, goals and vision. Founding Members are the University of Patras, the Athens University of Economics and Business, selected business entities, organizations and citizens. At the same time, we have rallied - and continue to do so – bodies and forces, on national and international level, so that the message of road safety is heard louder and is promoted as much as possible: With a vision of "a world without traffic accidents" and a mission to influence society to grow traffic education and proper behavior on the road and support the state in preventing traffic accidents.

Unfortunately, the 15th anniversary coincides with the pandemic of the new coronavirus. For this reason, the special anniversary Road Safety Conference we were planning for May will be moved to another date, ensuring the health and safety of all participants. However, it is important to remember that another pandemic, the one of road accidents, has many more victims (more than 1.35 million each year globally) than the tragic account of Covid-19 worldwide, and that is why Road Safety is and should be a top priority for both the State and each one of us individually.

With this priority, 15 years now, we have designed and implemented information & awareness campaigns for road users of all ages, concerning all major road safety issues. Social messages, which were broadcasted by the communication channels, helped to change the wrong attitudes and behaviors that were mainly to blame for the human losses on the road. In addition, they helped to create new standards and adopt safe behaviors, especially by the younger users of the road network.

We have designed innovative educational programs for traffic education and road safety, combining theory, experiential learning and the use of state-of-the-art simulators to educate children, young people, adults, parents, teachers, soldiers, corporate executives, older drivers, delinquent young people and their families, etc. Based on scientific evidence and certified by the Institute of Educational Policy and the Ministry of Education in Greece, our innovative educational programs have become best practices internationally. All of the Institute's educational programs and activities are designed and implemented focusing on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN 17 SDGs), the 10-year United Nations Road Safety Action Plan and the EU Road Safety Directives. For education purposes, we have created illustrated editions for children that today adorn school libraries throughout Greece, special editions for the Armed Forces as well as for different groups of road users.

In the context of citizens’ activation and engagement, we created RSI’s  Blood Bank for the road injuries, and each year we organize voluntary blood donations in Syntagma metro station, in collaboration with the hospitals and the National Blood Donation Center. Every October we successfully carry out throughout Greece, the European Night without Accidents, RSI volunteers and executives, in collaboration with Organizations of the Public and Private Sectors and Civil Society, with the aim of promoting the message "alcohol and driving do not match". We also often carry out the action "Clean Signs-Safer Roads", under the auspices of the Ministry of Transport and Municipalities: groups of volunteers, RSI executives, representatives of companies and schools, clean and restore vandalized road signs. RSI’s approach is considered groundbreaking since a "difficult" issue, with tragic consequences for human life, such as road crashes, is treated with a positive thinking and creative approach: The Institute actively involves society and brings together volunteers, strengthening the already important work being accomplished.

For 15 years now, we have been cooperating on a continuous basis with the State and the authorized institutions at national, European and international level. With its consistent presence at the Greek Parliament (in the discussion of bills on Road Safety and also in informing the relevant Committee of the Parliament), the Institute is always faithful to its commitment and mission to support the work of the State, contributing to the development of the country, through the prevention and reduction of fatal and serious traffic injuries. RSI has also founded the first Alliance in Greece, THE ASSOCIATION FOR SAFETY AND CULTURE IN THE STREET "STREETS ON THE FUTURE", in which institutions, organizations and companies with social sensitivity cooperate to promote Road Safety. Internationally, the RSI presents the developments and progress being made in Greece to the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) and the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA). At the same time, RSI promotes to EU member states the issues of the European Road Safety Charter (ERSC), as the head of a cluster of 7 countries (Greece, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Estonia, Malta, Finland and Latvia). As a UN Advisory Body, the Institute actively participates in the UN Global Road Safety Forum, in events, conferences and seminars around the world, with presentations, informative newsletters and scientific publications in national and international journals. Regarding the sector of projects and infrastructure, RSI places particular emphasis on marking dangerous spots on the road network, aiming to implement projects with international standards that can be used as a "pilot" for implementing interventions on a large scale by the State. It has also developed cooperation with Greek & European bodies for the evaluation of the National Road Network in accordance with International Protocols (EuroRAP). In Greece, in fact, it organized the Conference for the pioneering SLAIN program (Saving Lives Assessing and Improving TEN-T Road Network Safety), through which maps showing total risk as an overall part of network-wide road assessment at European level are developed.
To this day, the Institute has trained:
RSI has trained, with the support of the Foundation of the Hellenic Parliament, associations, organizations and prominent companies with social sensitivity,
  1. 115,555 Primary Education Students
  2. 99,890 Secondary Education Students
  3. 5,395 Teachers
  4. 15,750 Company executives and employees
  5. 46,548 Officers and Military Unit Officials
  6. 1,005 Juvenile delinquents and their families
  7. 20,050 Scouts in Greece and abroad
    • 3,500 Scouts from 52 countries at the World Scout Jamboree (23/7-3/8/2019) in North America, under the auspices of the UN and with the support of FIA
    • 1,800 Scouts at MOOT in Iceland (2017)
    • 5,000 Scouts at the World Scout Jamboree in Japan (2015)
    • 3,000 Scouts at the World Scout Jamboree in Sweden (2011)
It is worth mentioning that the Institute is the only Non-Profit Organization in Greece that has been ISO-certified for its Educational Programs (ISO 29993: 2017), Road Safety (ISO 39001: 2012), Environmental Management (ISO 9001: 2008) and Quality (ISO 14001: 2004), and its finances are controlled by the company "SOL" SA.
RSI “Panos Mylonas”
  1. Has organized 30 Events for Night without Accidents
    • In October 2019 alone, 700 volunteers and more than 80 Organisations of Public and Private Sectors and Academic Institutions participated in 34 cities and 40 nightclubs. 1.5 million citizens were informed and more than 2,500 drivers, mostly young people, pledged not to consume alcohol while driving.
  2. Has implemented the Panhellenic Road Safety Week for 12 consecutive years, in collaboration with the Association of Traffic Engineers, with actions and initiatives throughout Greece.
  3. Has restored more than 1,000 heavily vandalized road signs.
  4. Has collected 781 units of blood from 880 volunteer blood donors for the Blood Bank for road accident injured people.
  5. Has installed 121 traffic lights on raised arms, 39 warning signs, 2 VMS and pedestrian crossings in schools (in Attica, at the center of Athens, on Poseidonos Avenue, on the Corinth-Patras National Road, in the Municipality of Messapia, Evia, in Crete in Chania, Heraklion, Lassithi - and elsewhere in Greece).
  6. Has carried out interventions to improve the risk of the Road Network (improvements in infrastructure and equipment after markings-cooperation with relevant Services). Organized a Network of Volunteers nationwide with the active participation of citizens who point out and evaluate dangerous sports of the road network (PIN PROJECT).
  7. Has strengthened the work of the Traffic Police with the establishment of the "Traffic Policeman of the Year" institution, with the offer of 31 radar and alcohol meters, 2 vehicles and the training of Executives with RSI’s educational program.
  8. Has established the annual Scholarship ‘Panos Mylonas’ for graduates of the Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, University of Patras.
  9. Has implemented more than 150 information & awareness campaigns.
  10. Has promoted the social messages of each campaign to more than 1 million social media users.
  11. Has informed - and continues to inform – more than 6,000,000 people in Greece about critical road safety issues through television and radio broadcasts.
  12. Has designed, implemented and participated in dozens of research surveys in Greece and internationally, regarding the attitudes and behaviors of road users, the causes of traffic accidents, parental standards, attitudes of young people towards drinking and driving, etc.
  13. Has participated in dozens of European and international projects funded by the EU and other international organizations, such as DG MOVE (European Road Safety Charter, AVENUE for Traffic Safety, HEROES), INEA (SLAIN), MSCA-RISE (TraSaCu: Traffic Safety Culture and the Safe Systems Approach), ERASMUS+ (KROS: Knights of Road Safety), FIA (“Promoting traffic safety Culture in Youth”, #3500LIVES campaign in Greece), UNECE (Scouting for Road Safety).
  14. Has co-organized 3 Panhellenic Student Competitions for Road Safety Digital Creation, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education.
  15. Informs 214 people each day of the year.
  16. Has 3,500 registered volunteers.
For its continuous work all these years, the Institute has been distinguished in Greece and abroad, and has become a Member of internationally recognized Bodies and Organizations:
  • UN Road Safety Consultative Status (UN ECOSOC)
  • European Citizen Award by the European Parliament's Road Safety Advisory Body
  • Award by the Swedish Government for the "inspiration" of the idea of ISO 39001: 2012 for the Road Safety management
  • Member of the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC)
  • Member of the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), while its President participates in the Advisory Board of UN HLP with Mr. Jean Todt as President, President of the FIA ​​and Commissioner of the UN Secretary General for Road Safety.
  • National Contact Point and Coordinator of 7 European Countries for the European Road Safety Charter (ERSC)
  • Member of the National Road Safety Council
  • It has also signed MOC with Βodies such as the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Civil Protection, and Protocols of Cooperation with Βodies such as the Educational Television of the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Transport, the National Confederation of persons with disabilities, etc.
Today in our country the indicators in terms of Road Safety have been improved. However, it remains in one of the worst positions (8th from the end) among 32 European countries (PIN Report ETSC June 2019).

In the first two months of 2020 (January and February) we had an increase in road crashes, by 16.6% and 23.8% respectively, which is a cause for concern. That is why we are not complacent. Especially in the new regularity that we are called to return gradually further to the pandemic, with the lifting of the restrictive measures, which hides many challenges in the field of Road Safety. We continue, therefore, with new campaigns, with new educational programs for children and adults, with new initiatives and actions in collaboration with all State Institutions, the business world and the Civil Society.
We continue to be faithful to our vision of…
  • A better world
  • A world without road crashes
  • A world of safety and culture on the roads
  • A world we deserve and we need
In this effort, we want you ALL by our side!
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