Events we organise in relation to Road Safety
Doctors for Road Safety organises regular events ranging from conferences related to road safety, drink-driving awareness events , and training doctors who may be responding to accidents in the course of their normal daily activities.
Malta Road Safety Conference 2022
Doctors for Road Safety organised a National Road Safety Conference with the theme ‘How do we reach Vision Zero’, under the distinguished Patronage of His Excellency Dr George Vella President of Malta on the 12th November 2022 at Verdala Palace, Siggiewi.
The Conference brought together various stakeholders and decision makers on road safety, and along with insights provided by local and foreign speakers, informed a discussion into the challenges and opportunities of achieving Vision Zero, a safe systems approach which aims to eliminate all traffic fatalities and severe injuries, while increasing safe, healthy and accessible mobility for all.
Get more details on the Conference here.
The StreetSmart campaign organised by D4RS in 2019 aimed to educate younger people regarding the importance of road safety. This campaign mainly focused on sixth form students who would soon be applying for their driving licence as well as primary school children to increase their understanding of how to be safe on the road.
An interactive session was given to sixth form students focusing on the following key topics:
- Getting your licence
- Picking a safe ﬁrst car
- Maintaining your car
- Drink driving
- Texting and Driving
- Alternative modes of transport including motorbikes and bicycles.
Primary school children were given interactive sessions in collaboration with the Malta Medical Students Association consisting of a road safety simulation and short sessions on how they can stay safe in a car, on their bicycles and when walking on the pavement.
This campaign is part of an ongoing campaign by Fundacion MAPFRE and sessions have been carried out at various post secondary and primary schools around the island. D4RS will be organising further such events in the future.
On Sunday, 18 November 2018, the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Directorate (Ministry for Health, Malta), Malta Road Safety Council, Doctors for Road Safety (DRS) and the Malta Medical Students Association (MMSA) hosted an event for the general public at the Point Shopping Mall, Tigné Sliema from 15:00 onwards.
This event was held in collaboration with World Health Organization (WHO), the European Federation of Road Traffic Victims (FEVR), Youth for Road Safety (YOURS) and the Tara Malou Licari Fund.
The public was invited to visit the interactive stands where members of these organizations shared useful information including the implications of the new driving regulations, the effects of alcohol and the use of breathalyzers. Live music paid tribute to the road traffic victims who were central to this event.
First Responder Doctors Training
Doctors for Road Safety organised the First Responder Doctors Training Course on the 3rd November 2018. This Course was directed at qualified Doctors who in the course of their daily routine, might encounter roadside accidents and who would usually stop and assist any casualties until help arrives.
During this edition of the First Responder Doctor Training, a total of 28 doctors completed the course, which was delivered by several Accident and Emergency Consultants and Specialists who are front liners in situations of road traffic accidents with severe casualties. The course content was designed to provide the medical doctors and students with the knowledge they would need in both theoretical and practical scenarios.
Attendees were provided with both the knowledge and equipment they would need in order to address common road traffic accident scenarios. Under these circumstances, individuals who find themselves in such accidents may benefit from receiving immediate medical attention by the First Responders prior to the arrival of an ambulance.
Dr Tonio Piscopo, Secretary of D4RS, later noted that on that same evening, the first use of the course was demonstrated through “an intervention by one of the doctors” who assisted at the roadside an individual who had a quadbike accident that occurred in Paceville.
This event was sponsored by Mater Dei Hospital and MAPFRE Middlesea.