Road Safety Talk
24 Jun 2010
ROAD traffic injuries constitute major problems in Malaysia and road accidents are major cause of death. There is an urgent need to address drivers and road users¡¯ behaviour and attitude and what better place to start this than in schools.
Education is the foundation, platform and catalyst that support all programmes to bring the desired changes in road safety behaviour.
Having this in mind, Lingkaran Trans Kota Sdn Bhd, the concessionaire for Lebuhraya Damansara-Puchong , yet again, organized a Road Safety Programme for some 40 students from SMK Bandar Kinrara 4, Puchong. The event was held at Perfect Drive School Academy located in Puchong Prima in a collaborative effort.
The key objective of road safety education is to make drivers and other road users risk-averse and to equip them with appropriate knowledge and skills. The man who stole the show at the half-day event was none other than Francis Arokiam, the speaker who gave a splendid presentation on safety driving and riding tips during the programme.
Having been a driving instructor for 27 yeas and now a trainer, Arokiam kept the students engrossed during the hour-long talk, laced with fun and laughter.
“Road users should be trained to self-regulate their behaviours based on inherent risks in the road and traffic environment” and this was the message Arokiam repeatedly drummed into the 16-year olds.
After the talk, there was also a demonstration by Aminurashid Dahalan on the dos and don’ts on motorcycle, which the students found relevant.
A participant Ahmad Abid Hakim Ahmad Fadillah, 16, said he thoroughly enjoyed the session, especially the trainer’s sense of humour.
“I learnt a lot today, especially since I have just got my motorcycle license, all the tips shared with us today will be very handy,” he said.
LITRAK Group Head of Communications, Bhavani Krishna Iyer said the event was part of LITRAK’s monthy Road Safety Programme.
“For the past two years now, our focus and beneficiary of road safety programmes are schools along the alignment, we hope to cover at least one school a month,” she said.