Road Safety Clubs
ALINAGNON has settled 20 Roads Safety Clubs in schools and universities in Cotonou. In these Clubs, young people trained by the NGO organize awareness-raising sessions, debates and other activities for pupils and their parents.
The goal of the Clubs is to empower kids to train other kids on road safety issues and to let them become responsible road users through education.
African Night Without Accident
ALINAGNON organized the event in Benin in one of Cotonou’s most popular bars, « Onze National », next to the Amitié Stadium.
Groups of ALINAGNON volunteers went and met customers to provide them information about the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol. Then they allowed the drivers to take a breath test. 86 tests were taken by 26 women and 62 men.
58 people were below the legal threshold and were rewarded with goodies. 28 people had a positive test and were given advice so that they could find a safe way of going back home.
The African Night Without Accident follows the lead of the European Night Without Accident (ENWA). This event started in 2003 in 4 countries and covers now the majority of Europe (26 countries in 2011).
World Day Of Remembrance
ALINAGNON and its partners, HANDICAP INTERNATIONAL and the National Center for Road Safety (CNSR) created several events in Cotonou to celebrate this special day.
On Saturday 16th, more than 300 ALINAGNON volunteers marched to the Amitié Stadium. Each one of them was carrying a « light of hope » in memory of road traffic victims. Then, they gathered and formed a gigantic illuminated « Danger » road sign to warn the general public about road safety issues.
On Sunday 17th, a procession of more than 800 people crossed the city. Accompanied by a fanfare they demanded more safety on Beninese roads.
Authorities laid a wreath in memory of the victims and gave speeches about the need for improved road safety in Benin. Artists came and sung to make the event joyful, respecting the African way of mourning the departed.
Eventually, medical equipment was given to the National Hospital. Ten road victims also received grants to help them face financial difficulties due to medical fees resulting from road crashes.
All these events were covered by national media.