Stop by the rules is continuation of ‘Safety, My Second Name’ campaign. The keynote this year will come down to educating the drivers about the issues related to the rules of correct stopping on the motorway, if the car breaks down.
At several locations on the A1 AmberOne Motorway, the Police will be stopping vehicles at random to instruct their drivers on how to stop properly, should the vehicle break down. Alongside a brochure discussing the rules of correct stopping on the motorway, the drivers will be presented with a safety torch and/or reflective vest. Similar checks will be repeated in February, March, May, and November.
The campaign elements will also include leaflets of the ‘Stop by the Rules’ series. These will be available e.g. at the toll gates of the A1 AmberOne Motorway over the duration of the action.
The leaflet can be downloaded from our website (download here).
Hopefully, the ‘Stop by the Rules’ campaign will imprint several golden rules in the minds of the motorway and express road users keeping them safe and sound. Here are the golden rules we should abide by:
Other elements of the campaign include:
The Voivodship Police Headquarters in Gdańsk has taken patronage over the ‘Safety, My Second Name – Stop by the Rules’ campaign seeing to its content. As for the media, our sponsors are: Radio Gdańsk and Radio PiK. The City Police Headquarters in Grudziądz and Poviat Police Headquarters in Świecie have also joined the action.
Our campaign, ‘Safety, My Second Name’ is unfolding. Our new edition, ‘Play Hopscotch – Win A Life’, has been joined by new partners, that is shopping malls in the cities along the A1 AmberOne Motorway: the Riviera Centre and Matarnia Shopping Park in the Tri-City, the Grudziądz Gallery, the Łódź Gallery, and the Toruń Plaza.
When on the estates of these shopping malls, you will notice painted colourful hopscotch grids. They are there for anyone below the age of 99 to play, but more importantly, they are there to promote learning first-aid. Whoever hops, can learn or remember the fundamental first-aid principles depicted symbolically in the grid rectangles.
If you happen to come across our hopscotch site, do not hesitate to play – you will see it work for yourselves! The simple game will get the idea of what to do in a critical situation rooted deep in your minds, and maybe thanks to it someday one of you will save a human life. It is more than important – knowing the rules of first aid you will not feel helpless, but instead will be able to react properly whenever human life is at risk.
You will also find a hopscotch grid at the Service Areas, and it would be worth your while to use it as an opportunity to explain the idea to your children – you know, ‘What youth is used to…’. And, remember to download our free first-aid application. You can import it from www.pierwszapomoca1.pl or get it at a Play outlet.
The action pursued hand in hand with the Police is aimed at promoting correct belting and carrying of children. The checks held have unfortunately revealed that quite a number of road users do not belt themselves, and most of us do not realise that when fastening the belt we should at least make sure the belt is not twisted, properly tense, and is positioned correctly on the body. That is why, the A1 AmberOne Motorway and the Police resolved to refresh the drivers’ knowledge of how to belt and carry children properly. The action consisted in stopping the cars on the A1 AmberOne Motorway for checks of the correct belting. Each stopped driver was given an instruction and presented with a leaflet compiling information on the rules of belting and carrying children. The accompanying online action on our FB profile promoted the belt-fastening rules and combined it with a photo competition.
Gdańsk Transport Company joined forces with the General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways in Gdańsk and held a cycle of teaching classes for primary school children, grades one to three, in the Pomeranian voivodship. The classes were devoted to the animal passes on express roads and motorways. The class on ‘How animals wanted to cross the road’ gave the pupils an opportunity to produce their own animal passes and take them on a visit at selected animal passes. The goal of the classes was to educate the youngest about the animal passes and the rules valid at such locations. To back up the syllabus, a book was produced: ‘Ambrose on animal tracks’ addressed at the youngest, discussing the animal passes on the A1 AmberOne Motorway. In addition, the pupils participating in the classes took part in an art competition where the main prize was a multimedia board designated for the school the winning work represented. The classes were held at 4 schools. The children received the classes with immense engagement, which bore the fruit of numerous works entered for the art competition. The received works will be used to create a calendar presenting animal passes seen through children’s eyes. The classes were also appreciated by the teachers who valued the quality of the tutorship, the engagement, and the knowledge of the subject matter among the tutors. The classes will be continued in 2016.
First aid on the road is absolutely vital, as many a time it saves lives in traffic accidents. That is why learning the rules of first aid and administering it correctly is so important. The A1 AmberOne Motorway has decided to continue the line of action first initiated in 2013, aimed at raising drivers’ awareness of how to come to first aid. In the campaign, we have created a dedicated Internet page which provides the necessary information on e.g. the principles of extending first aid care to accident casualties. When on the website, one can also test his/her knowledge in a specially designed quiz, learn the recommended contents of the first aid kit for the car, and find out how to call an ambulance. Standard descriptions of the life-saving actions are supplemented with film tutorials. The action programme further includes arranging free courses in first aid for drivers and students of senior high schools. With the campaign in mind, the ‘Know – Help’ board game has been designed. Educational in nature, the game was distributed e.g. during the first aid training sessions.
In addition, we have had the ‘A1 First Aid’ application created for participants in first aid training courses. The application is ready and can be downloaded from www.pierwszapomoca1.pl or obtained from the Google Play Store.
‘Safety, My Second Name’ stands for the campaign promoting safety in traffic. The campaign includes recurrent actions conducted jointly with the Road Traffic Department of the Province Police Headquarters in Gdańsk and the Province Inspectorate for Road Transport. In the previous years, the actions took the form of technical checks and speed checks of the automobiles travelling on the A1 AmberOne Motorway in the summer. Whilst on action, the Operator’s employees and Police officers get the drivers to realise the risks they run on the road when speeding and neglecting the technical condition of their cars.
The ‘Safety, My Second Name’ campaign also includes a line of action promoting safety among truck drivers. In 2014, truck drivers at the DCT terminal in Gdańsk received invitations to free inspections of the braking system of their semi-trailers.
The A1 AmberOne Motorways has for several years continued the Amber+ loyalty programme which requires nothing more than to collect 10 stamps on a special Amber+ card one can receive at the Tolling Plazas in Rusocin, Lubicz, and Nowa Wieś on selected days. The card with the complete set of stamps can be exchanged for prizes at the Shell fuel stations at MOP Olsze.
The benefits, however, do not end with the prizes themselves. When at the fuel stations, the card holder will also be greeted with a small “surprise” and a discount for fuel. We are continuing work on broadening the offer of the loyalty programme so that it gains in attractiveness for the road users year after year.
A caring driver is the one who respects others, keeps the environment in mind, and acts responsibly. A caring driver drives safe, in a cultural and environment-friendly manner, and knows the principles of first aid. Seeing to the drivers’ safety and in pursuance of the goal of educating the present and future drivers and users of the A1 AmberOne Motorway, have produced three films broadening the drivers’ awareness of safety, eco-driving, and first aid issues in recent years. The Safe Motorway, Eco-Driving, and First Aid produced by the A1 AmberOne Motorway can be watched on the YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/user/gtcamberone.
We hope our films will inspire you to become a caring driver.
The A1 AmberOne Motorway has launched the www.gminya1.pl Internet site presenting the profiles of the communes on the A1 AmberOne Motorway route. The transparent site arrangement will make it easy for the travellers to locate places worth visiting. The sites the user will find on the website, some well-known, others less familiar, are recommended by the communes and located in the vicinities of the motorway interchanges. If weary, the traveller will find a place to rest thanks to the information on the night accommodation available in each commune. Gourmets on the hunt of specialties of the regional cuisine will also find something to satisfy their taste – some communes are renowned for the local treats, to name e.g.: potato-stuffed cabbage or potato noodles a’la Kociewie. They also organise annual events – each offering an opportunity to try and indulge in regional dishes. Thanks to the website created by the AmberOne one click is enough to discover the unknown.
The service obviously provides the calendar of events organised by specific communes. A simple browser facilitates locating attractions of nature, historic sites, or museums.
‘The idea behind the website is to promote the communes on the motorway. Hopefully, our actions will encourage drivers using the A1 AmberOne Motorway to avail themselves to the attractions recommended by the communes on its route. Thanks to the commune offices we have encouraged to join in cooperation, we have managed to accumulate information on the history and tourist sites of 17 communes. The profiles of 9 communes which have not provided us with their proprietary information packages have been supplemented with photographs of the most interesting places within their borders.’ – Anna Kordecka from Gdańsk Transport Company S.A. explains.
The created website is well in line with the actions taken by the A1 AmberOne Motorway to promote the communes on its route. The actions involve e.g. the erection of information boards which introduce tourist attractions located in the vicinity of the specific road junction at all Service Areas in the Pomeranian Province. Similar boards have also been erected at the Service Areas in the Kuyavy-Pomeranian Province.
In the years 2008-2014, the A1 AmberOne Motorway organised the promotional summer campaign involving motorway postcards. The Gdańsk Transport Company S.A., in collaboration with the Pomeranian Regional Tourist Organisation and Kuyavy-Pomeranian Tourist Organisation, produced postcards with a map of tourist attractions in the immediate vicinity of the A1 AmberOne Motorway and its exits.
The A1 AmberOne Motorway is the only motorway in Poland to have its own mascot – Ambrose the Globetrotter. Ambrose appears at various outdoor events organised in the Tri-City and Toruń. He is keen to participate in events promoting traffic safety, where it shares advice with the little ones, happy to answer questions related to traffic safety and first aid. Below, you will find photographic reviews of selected events Ambrose took part in.
AmberOne A1 Motorway is the first and the only motorway in Poland that issues a bulletin for drivers using the Motorway. The AmberOne News bulletin is issued quarterly, and its aim is to inform about current issues connected with the motorway and cover subjects concerning safety on the road. Moreover, the bulletin presents tourist attractions that can be found in communes located along the Motorway on section Rusocin- Czerniewice. The bulletin is addressed at the drivers using the motorway, and it is distributed from the Service Areas along the motorway; some copies are also sent to institutions nearby and tourist information organizations.
Ever since 2008, the Gdańsk Transport Company S.A. has held a competition for Christmas card designs among children from orphanages in the Kuyavy-Pomeranian Province. The competitors are given the task of designing and producing a Christmas card incorporating a motorway motive under any desirable graphic technique. The winning work becomes the prototype of the Christmas card the company distributes among its clients. The winning children are honoured with prizes, while their homes receive a financial award dedicated towards financing summer vacation outings. When organising the competition, GTC employees complement their effort with charity clothes collections for children under the care of the homes participating in the competition.
See the photo-gallery of the works entered for the competitions we organise.
For 5 years now, the employees of Gdańsk Transport Company have arranged a voluntary action of donating clothing for children of befriended orphanage. The collection is held around Christmas, and we are happy to receive clothes of all sizes for the age range of 3 to 18. Each year, we manage to fill in a dozen or so bags with children’s garments. The 2014 “crop” added up to as much as 30 kilograms of clothes! These were complemented with a ‘Barbie’ kitchen set and a table-tennis table.
We support the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity initiative. During the charity auctions organised under the 23rdfinal of the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity event one could bid for and win 2 trips to the A1 AmberOne Motorway.
The first auction offered a trip around the Traffic Control Centre, which is the heart of the Motorway in case any traffic incident takes place. The second auction entailed a trip around the Tolling Plaza in Rusocin. All in all, we managed to accumulate nearly PLN 600 for the Charity Orchestra.