Successful Zug Project Celebrates Its Anniversary | Lucerne newspaper 2

Successful Zug Project Celebrates Its Anniversary | Lucerne newspaper

Zug is the only canton in Switzerland to integrate alcohol prevention and addiction into traffic education. The special thing about this: for exactly ten years, specially trained young drivers – so-called peers – are raising awareness of this problem.

Driving learning is not just about hours spent behind the wheel. Traffic lessons also belong. In Canton Zug, alcohol and addiction prevention have been practiced there for 10 years. This is unique in Switzerland. (Image: Keystone / Christian Beutler)

Driving learning is not just about hours spent behind the wheel. Traffic lessons also belong. In Canton Zug, alcohol and addiction prevention have been practiced there for 10 years. This is unique in Switzerland. (Image: Keystone / Christian Beutler)

(HAZ) Driving drunk or under the influence of drugs is one of the most common causes of road accidents. To address this, the Cantonal Health Office of Zug embarked on a new path ten years ago, according to a press release. Driving school students discuss especially alcohol and drug related traffic accidents with specially trained young adults. So – and that's the basic idea behind the "Your Choice – Your Freedom" project – it should achieve as authentic an effect as possible if driving instructors pass on this information to their students.

Started the project 10 years ago

In 2008, the Zug Ministry of Health began implementing this preventive project. A year later, "Deine Wahl – Deine Freiheit" was launched, with Zug University students also taking car exams, qualifying for "peer teachers" for the first time.

In the context of traffic education, 'peer teachers' inform trainee drivers about the dangers of alcohol, drugs and drugs in road transport. They discuss together the possible legal and financial consequences. In addition, strategies and rules, such as alcohol and drug-related noise, are being developed together to look for when taking medication.

Teens feel converted

This method of prevention, which is unique in Switzerland, is well received by newcomers to the Canton of Zug. 96 percent of the respondents found the lesson interesting. 91 percent said they value involvement in groups and different experiences. Almost all newcomers reiterated after the lesson that they would also take into account the knowledge gained while driving.