Hampshire Football Association (FA) is working with Project Pictogram to encourage parents and other role models to display the correct attitude towards safe driving, when transporting young players to and from matches.
Hampshire FA has published ‘Respect on the Road’, a ‘supporter transporter charter’ which urges adults to drive safely, while also encouraging appropriate behaviour by passengers in the vehicle.
It is hoped the charter will develop safe attitudes to driving and group travel among young players as they approach the ‘highest risk phase of their driving lives’.
Launched in March 2016, Project Pictogram encourages UK fleets to use an industry standard set of vehicle stickers to communicate the dangers of the ‘fatal four’: inappropriate speed, using a mobile phone while driving, not wearing a seatbelt and drink/drug driving.
Along similar lines, the new Hampshire FA charter focusses on three areas: keeping speed safe and legal, keeping your distance and keeping eyes-on-the-road (avoiding driver distractions).
The charter also covers other road safety issues including the correct use of seatbelts and drugs and alcohol – particularly the dangers of ‘morning after’ drink driving.
The charter will be supplemented throughout the season by topical reminders and tweets focusing on the ‘key risk reduction areas’ detailed in the charter.
The Project Pictogram artwork and guidelines are available, free-of-charge, for all clubs across the country to use on websites, tournament programs, posters, banners and mini-buses.