September 29, 2016

Region 3 road safety initiative being taken to schools

By Kizzy Coleman

D Division of the Guyana Police Force Traffic Department which has collaborated with the West Demerara Road Safety Association (WDRSA) has moved their road safety initiative, themed ‘The time is now, don’t drink and drive, stay attentive, drive defensive’ to schools in Region Three. This road safety initiative launched last February at Parika, East Bank Essequibo (EBE), is aimed at sensitising the public on the safe use of the roadways and to reducing road fatalities in the region and countrywide.

Traffic ranks from D Division and members of the WDRSA

Traffic ranks from D Division and members of the WDRSA

Shahab Hack Public Relations Officer of WDRSA disclosed to Guyana Times that so far the association has talked to ten schools in the region to have the issue addressed. Students are being educated mainly on the five Cs of road safety – care, caution, courtesy, commonsense and consideration – for road users.  Hack revealed that the images being used in the education programme are to appeal to students and to affect their conscience which will see them paying keener attention to what they are doing on the roadways.    “They are listening to us and I think we are making sense because when we speak with them, we are showing them that it makes a difference when you use the roadways in a proper manner. We are using images to appeal to them, we use photographs of accidents which will directly affect their conscience, so to speak. We speak to them on the safe use of the roads, and we ask them to obey and exercise the curb drill.”
Hack disclosed that the students are told of how road fatalities can affect people’s lives: “It impoverishes people’s lives, it robs children of a bright future they could have had especially when they lose parents; this is a very serious issue and we decided that we will take a stand to provide education not only to students but to the public at large”.
He added that the association along with the police force is meeting with people, talking with groups and different individuals and also speaking with leaders that can make an impact.
“We are calling on the government to provide us with more support in this regard, we need them on board with us because, this is not a one-man business” Hack related.
He stated that monthly meetings are held at the Leonora Police Station where persons come forward to share their views on the issue; this is manned by Deputy Superintendent Stevens.
“If we educate the nation, then we will have a safer nation” Hack noted. The next awareness campaign is schedule for next Tuesday in front of Stabroek Market.

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