(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) The Oman Road Safety Association (ORSA), in partnership with Jalaan Private School, Bicycles Risk and Bank Sohar, launched a Traffic Educational Village at the school on Sunday.
The event was held under the patronage of H E Sheikh Hamed bin Rashid al Miqbali, Wali of Jalaan Bani Bu Hassan, in the presence of government and private sector officials and Bank Sohar clients and employees.
The event was part of ORSA's ongoing Safer Kids, Safer Oman' road safety campaign. The campaign aimed at spreading awareness among children and their families on using roads as pedestrians, cyclists, and even passengers in vehicles, a press release said.
The activities included Traffic Educational Village, awareness talks about the dangers of speeding, using cellphones while driving, importance of seat belts, child restraints, adherence to traffic rules, and distributing flyers to different road users.
Amor bin Nasser al Matani, ORSA board member was quoted in the release as saying, ''We are actively promoting the Safer Kids, Safer Oman' campaign using the Traffic Educational Village. The campaign aims to show the public the best ways in road safety based on latest global practices. I thank Bank Sohar for its continuous support.''
Safer Kids, Safer Oman was launched this year and includes a series of events and activities. Renowned national cyclist Khalid bin Mohammed al Shabibi, in cooperation with ORSA, commenced an awareness bicycle tour visiting select areas of the sultanate, starting from Buraimi and through Sohar, Khabourah and Barka before ending the journey in Muscat where a traffic village was opened at Muscat City Centre, the release said.
Jalaan Private School will be coordinating visits of students from other government and private schools in Jalaan Bani Bu Hassan through this educational village.
Mohammed al Salmi, director of Jalaan Private School stated, ''The school has made great strides in traffic safety. The road environment around the school was adapted keeping in mind students, their parents, drivers and other road users. There is a supervisor in each school bus. Road safety has been added to the curriculum.''
Said bin Nasser al Matani, founder of Risks of Bicycles' campaign delivered a lecture on the Ministry of Education's role towards students' traffic safety. Matani also spoke about risks associated with riding bicycles, said the rel