(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Comprehensive back-to-school plan put in place by Dubai Police.The Dubai Police have assigned a traffic controller for every school in preparation for the reopening of schools for the new academic year from Sunday.
School security guards have been instructed to wear safety vests with reflective stripes which will be distributed by the police. Boy scouts and girl guides will also be trained to organise traffic outside their respective schools.
These measures are being taken by the General Department of Traffic as part of a “comprehensive plan” to manage school traffic. Police will also deploy additional patrols 45 police officers and traffic controllers in different school areas to ensure a safe and smooth traffic movement.
Colonel Saif Muhair Al Mazroui Deputy Director of the Traffic Department said the plan encompasses all schools in Dubai. For a period of one month he said the police will work in two shifts and train school security guards to organise traffic at school gates to ensure safety during the entry and exit of students.
The police will also distribute brochures to spread awareness about traffic safety. Parents have been urged to make children below the age of 10 sit in the back seat of their cars.
“Parents will not be allowed to let their children sit on their laps. An increased number of violations in this regard were noticed last year” Col Al Mazroui noted.
He said schools have been told to clear sandy parking areas to allow parents to drop their children.
He called on parents to stop at zebra crossings near schools and to not drop their wards in the middle of the road or talk on the phone while driving.
Those obstructing traffic in front of schools will be fined Col Al Mazroui warned. He called on parents to ensure that their children get into buses safely and urged drivers to abide by traffic laws.
The police will spread traffic awareness; and organise competitions and distribute awards to students who are aware of traffic laws.