As part of its awareness programs for students, the SAEED Society to reduce traffic accidents organized 15 field visits to schools in Abu Dhabi during the first week of the new academic year. This initiative, which is part of a comprehensive plan to raise traffic awareness, comes in line with the strategic partnership with the Traffic and Patrols Directorate at Abu Dhabi Police, to enhance community communication, and contribute to an accidents-free academic year.
Lt. Colonel Jamal Salem Al Ameri, Executive Director of the Society, stated that the awareness programs focus on providing interactive activities, as well as lectures for students, bus drivers and supervisors; in order to enhance traffic culture in the educational sector.
Al Ameri explained that the programs emphasize on traffic safety for students as a societal responsibility, to participate actively in protecting them from traffic accidents, through the commitment of motorists to traffic laws; refraining from placing children under the age of ten in the front seats; attaching the safety belt, not leaving the vehicle unattended or the engine running, and refraining from parking randomly around schools.
Moreover, Al Ameri urged school bus drivers to respect the rules by parking in the designated parking spaces, while students are boarding and exiting the bus, and by making sure they are not standing behind the bus after exiting.
He also urged students to abide by the ethics, etiquette and instructions of seating in the school bus; not to stand inside the school bus; not to put hands or head outside the window; not to throw garbage out of the window, and to stay ten steps away from the bus while boarding or exiting and not to disturb the bus driver.
Al Ameri pointed out that the SAEED Society, as part of its awareness programs aimed at spreading the culture of traffic in the community, has published the third issue of the SAEED magazine to reduce traffic accidents; which included a number of traffic related topics, prepared by experts and researchers in the field of traffic culture. He added that the Society plans to publish a fourth issue in the coming period.
Concluding, Al Ameri noted that the Society, which is a public benefit organization, is working according to a clear vision and methodology; focused on preventing traffic accidents, and their resulting human and economic losses that impacts the various aspects of life. He also called for promoting the role of the community to support the official efforts aimed to raise the level of traffic safety, and to work side by side, with government, private institutions and individuals.