x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Students get early education in traffic safety from transport officials

RTA, police, civil defence officials target schools during Gulf Traffic Week in hopes of developing safer drivers.

DUBAI // Transportation and civic officials are hoping their visits to schools as part of Gulf Traffic Week will help pupils become safer drivers when they get older.

Hundreds of students from dozens of schools are expected to attend Gulf Traffic Week festivities over the next two days. An exhibition promoting traffic safety at the Um Al Hammar Girl's School opened yesterday with officials from the Roads and Transport Agency (RTA), traffic police and Civil Defence on hand.

“These activities and events substantially contribute to raising traffic awareness among youngsters which will help nurture a generation compliant with traffic and driving rules and regulations,” said Maitha bin Udai, the chief executive of the RTA traffic and roads department.

She stressed the importance of boosting partnerships and making concerted efforts to deliver community-oriented programmes and events aimed at providing security and public safety.

“Many of the RTA’s strategic partners in the public and private sectors are keen on taking part in these community events which reflect our attention to address the security and safety requirements of all road users,” she said.

Public and private school students attended traffic safety- oriented plays at the Um al Hammar school and viewed images and models of road accidents. Some 100 schools in Dubai, Sharjah and Ajman were invited to visit the exhibition, Ms bin Udai said.

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