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FIA Legal Award 2011: Nicaraguan Automobile Club rewarded for Helmet Campaign

Publication date: 14 July 2011

The FIA Legal & Consumer Affairs Award, offered annually by the FIA Region I Legal & Consumer Affairs Commission, is awarded to a Club or a person within a Club who has achieved something outstanding in defence of consumer safety or mobility. This year, the award goes to the Nicaraguan Automobile Club for their outstanding work in promoting higher helmet standards in Nicaragua.

Developing nations in Latin America have an ever-growing numbers of motorists, many of them motorcyclists. In Nicaragua, nearly a quarter of all crashes on the road involve motorbikes, a statistic which highlights the importance of wearing a helmet when on a bike.

The Nicaraguan Automobile Club, working under the framework of the Global Helmet Vaccine Initiative (GHVI) in cooperation with the Inter-American Development Bank and the National Police, have engaged with local government, non-government and private sector partners in schools and community programs to promote higher helmet standards. This included the distribution of 1000 helmets to the local police force to serve as an example to the public.

As a result of its efforts, the Club successfully encouraged the government to introduce a strict helmet wearing law. Whereas before the campaign only one out of ten motorcyclists wore helmets, the Club believes that now almost everyone wears a helmet while riding a motorcycle.

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