Al Harithi said: “Deploying traffic patrols at intersections and around schools limits traffic jams.” During his tour, he inspected traffic flows, educated parents on the appropriate methods for children to board and exit vehicles and buses, and explained ways to guarantee that children can safely cross streets.
Al Harithi announced the “Students Safety is Everyone’s Responsibility” campaign at the Khalifa City “A” School. Hameed Abdullah, Head of Students Affairs Department at the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC), was present. The campaign, which covers the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, is organized by the Abu Dhabi Police in cooperation with ADEC.
He toured the school’s different classes and congratulated students, their parents, and the educational and administrative boards for the beginning of the new school year. He stressed the Abu Dhabi Police’s commitment to ensuring the safety of students and preventing traffic accidents. He urged students to follow the “Golden Rule” for using school buses. “Namely, moving 10 steps ahead of the bus when exiting the bus and avoid bending down near the bus without the driver’s knowledge,” he explained.
Al Harithi, Hameed Abdullah, and the school’s education board handed traffic awareness letters to pupils to be delivered to their parents. The letters call upon parents to take part in the campaign and follow traffic laws and regulations.
The Director of Traffic and Patrols Directorate warned parents against allowing their children to descend from the left side of the vehicle, urging them to follow laws and regulations and to let them out of the right door of the vehicle only. He called upon parents to drop kids off at designated areas, and ensure their children cross the road at the designated areas and to keep an eye on them while they are doing so.
He also advised schools and institutions responsible for pupil transportation to refrain from overloading school buses, while providing a seat for each child. He stressed traffic control, saying that each violation will be fined. He reiterated the need to inspect the mechanics of their buses and equip them with safety requirements.
The website features information on the campaign and awareness programs, as well as awareness films. The campaign includes visits and lectures in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, and the Western Region. Around 200 lectures will target students, drivers and bus supervisors. A total of 150,000 copies of brochures and coloring books will also be distributed as part of the campaign, in addition to gifts, traffic toys, schools bags, and other school supplies.
Al Harithi said: “This year, we are presenting new awareness initiatives. These initiatives will be carried out under the sponsorship of Al Futtaim Motors. They will run throughout the year as part of the Abu Dhabi traffic program to put a limit to traffic accidents �Together’ on social media websites such as: Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. These initiatives aim to spread traffic awareness among all societal categories.” “The new initiatives will include the launch of traffic activations that targets students across all school levels. It aims to engage them and raise their traffic awareness. It has three main aspects: traffic research, which includes a traffic film produced by students, a traffic photo album and traffic flyers; a traffic gallery; and an awareness idea that will help educate students. The directorate has devoted valuable awards for winners,” he added.
The programs include producing five educational traffic films that focus on traffic safety rules such as: crossing roads and using seatbelts in addition to the “Golden Rule” for using the school bus. Additionally, the programs will broadcast awareness messages via digital radio on Facebook.