Madinat Zayed and Ruwais Colleges were ready again to stand up and make a difference in their community.
Working with their teacher, Moustafa Ahmed, CERT students set up a booth at the Gulf Traffic Week exhibition and produced materials to publicize safe ways to drive, good behavior on the road and the consequences of bad driving.
They were more than ready to talk to visitors and offer advice on the rules of the road. They were particularly pleased to talk with school children who visited the exhibition, especially the boys.
The Exhibition, organised by Major Mohamed Salem Saied Al Shehi, of the Western Region Traffic Department, was a great success.
We all know about the dangers of careless driving, the risk to our own lives and the risk to others. We all know the family heartache, the expense and the damage caused by accidents, so the message of Gulf Traffic Week 2011 was that together we can make a difference, together we can reduce traffic accidents.
‘We are a close community, and when an accident happens it hurts us all. We lose a valued member of our society and a useful citizen, all because he was careless and took a risk,’ said one of the participating students.
Organisers were impressed with the serious attitude of our WRP students, and especially the way they engaged the visiting public to get their message across.
According to a local police officer, one of the most common causes of accidents is using a mobile phone whilst driving and of course, not using a seatbelt, especially for children increases the risk of serious injury.
Another common cause of accidents is playing with the car, racing, speeding, and even driving on two wheels. The Traffic Exhibition was attended by all the police departments and the emergency services in the Western Region, emphasizing how many people are involved in clearing up an accident.
Not only does careless driving hurt families and the community, but it costs the country a lot of money to heal the injured, clear away the wreckage and repair the damage.
At the end of the Exhibition, Major Suhail Syah Al Mazrouei and First Lieutenant Abdurrahman Abdullah Al Ali honored the students, thanking them for their mature and active involvement in keeping the roads of Al Gharbia safe.