3 BOB CAMPAIGN: DEVELOPMENT IBSR and Arnoldus* have been joining efforts since 1995 to prevent accidents due to drink drivingDecember 1995: birth ofBob = person (male or female) that does not drink when he/she has to drive*The Arnoldus Group was founded in 1992 at the initiative of the Confederation of Belgian Breweries (C.B.B.). Its purpose is to fight alcohol abuse and to promote the responsible use of alcohol.
4 BOB CAMPAIGN: DEVELOPMENT INNOVATIVE ELEMENTS:For the first time, a name is used to indicate the designated driver (personification is stressed!)No fear induction, but a positive approach; Bob is the hero of the eveningBob offers a usable solution for people going out by car and wanting to drink
5 BOB CAMPAIGN: EVOLUTION 1995 – 1997: Introduction of theBob character1998,1999: Positive endorsement2000 – 2003: Creative allusions2003 – 2007: Return to core values
6 BOB CAMPAIGN: EVOLUTION Even though the campaign strategy has been subject to evolution, some elements have remained unchanged since 1995:Importance of choosing a Bob before the party startsTaking turn: Bob can be anybody and should not always be the same personBob is not the looser of the evening (the one that can’t drink) but the hero of the evening (the one that drives his friends home safely)
7 ENFORCEMENT INTEGRATED APPROACH: AWARENESS RAISING and ENFORCEMENT Awareness raising: creativity, above and below (targeted actions) e.g. below: action in pubs, Bob van, Bob parties, …Enforcement: objective and subjective risk of being caughtTARGET GROUP: especially young drivers (18+), male and female
8 ENFORCEMENTIt is of the utmost importance that the awareness campaign is backed by a sufficient amount of police checks, becauseEffectiveness = awareness raising + enforcementObviously fewer controls campaign less successfulTo increase the campaign’s credibility, a subjective and objective risk should exist that the driver gets caught.
9 MAIN RESULTSBob is very well known (96% of the population!) and has become a popular icon.Bob became the symbol of the fight against drink driving.The word ”Bob” got through to everyday language (it is even mentionned in the Dutch dictionary!)Bob is “active” all year round and not only during the year-end periodThe initiative is highly appreciated: 96% considers the Bob concept to be a good or even excellent initiativeBob has certainly contributed to make drink-driving socially unacceptable (change of behaviour)
11 HISTORY2000: a Bob-campaign is run in Zeeland, (NL, neighbouring province to B) inspired by the success of the concept in Belgium2001: Bob is mentioned as best practice in the White Book on the European transport policy untill2001: first Euro-Bob campaign with co-funding by the European Commission in Belgium, France, Greece and The Netherlands
12 European countries with a designated driver campaign in 2001
13 European countries with a designated driver campaign in 2002
14 European countries with a designated driver campaign in 2003
15 European countries with a designated driver campaign in 2004
16 TO BOB OR NOT TO BOB? Use of the name Bob: Belgium and The Netherlands Other denominations:Greece (Not tonight)France (Capitaine de soirée)Portugal (100% cool)Denmark (Cab driver)UK (Des)Poland (Krzys)but concept is always: DESIGNATED DRIVER
17 GUIDELINES FOR IMPLEMENTING A BOB CAMPAIGN Protect Bob from use by commercial companies(Bob wants to stay ‘clean’, therefore no link between Bob and a commercial brand, Bob is a non-profit message and needs to remain as it is)Hold the legal rights (copy rights)Outlines the features of the concept(designated driver, taking turn, positive valorisation of the non-drinker, no fear induction)
18 GENERAL CONCLUSIONSBob, as designated driver campaign, is a very effective and efficient awareness raising strategy:97% knows what Bob stands forBob has entered the every day languagedrinking and driving has become socially unacceptableEnforcement is an essential element to change driver’s behaviour – importance of subjective risk of being caught.
19 GENERAL CONCLUSIONSImportance of evaluation tools: needed to measure effectiveness and to determine future strategyImportant role of the European Commission (financing, harmonization, …)
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