One of the most vulnerable groups in traffic are child passengers who can be protected effectively only through use of car seats. Since child passenger injuries are a significant cause of serious and fatal injuries, it has been necessary to bring together all of society’s actors towards reducing road traffic injuries and raising the awareness of all who transport children. The first collaboration between the Croatian Traffic Police and the non-government association Parents in Action – Roda began in 2004 with distribution of flyers in front of Zagreb's daycares and with the inclusion of car seats into the Road Traffic Safety Law. Small steps of exceptional importance through years of working together on legislative changes and educating all those involved in safe transportation of children led to a decrease in the number of children injured as passengers. In this paper we will present some specific examples of Roda – Traffic Safety Police collaboration, how it developed, despite the initial, and how it grew from small steps into a praiseworthy initiative, from local to national level. We hope that these examples will show how to develop, in a new way, the collaboration of government and non-government organisations towards the common goal and changes in the society. The job is not nearly done because, despite the efforts so far, there are still many children improperly transported in cars. However, the work will be much easier and more effective with the foundation built through the collaboration between the police and the civil society, including Roda.
Bezbjedniji učesnici u saobraćaju
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