The project proposes a prevention programme aimed at increasing young people`s awareness of driving under influence of drugs or alcohol. The strategic aim of TEN D is to define a European approach for reducing number and seriousness of road accidents, in particular the ones in which young people are involved, that occur during weekends and can be correlated with the consumption of alcohol and psychoactive substances.
The impact of road accidents on the population’s health represents a top priority problem for EU Member States, given the extent of this phenomenon, as well as its human and social aspects and costs. The project is strongly linked with PHP objectives such as promoting and improving health in order to reduce mortality, early mortality and crippling disability, by affecting those behaviours related to alcohol or psychoactive substance consumption, which can lead to early mortality or significant disability.
The project will seek to achieve its aims through: dissemination of awareness-raising material, installation of information points in young people’s recreational meeting places, administration of questionnaire, performance of anonymous alcohol/substances tests, measurement reaction times in driving and comparison between the results of such measurement and data from both the questionnaire and alcohol/substances tests. Available information will then be used to define intervention policies at both a national and a community level.
The project will provide a tested, innovative European approach in alcohol and psychoactive substances prevention programme targeted to young people. It will also deliver reliable scientific data on consumption among young who attend recreational places and its relationship with road accidents.