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Posted On: 7 November 2013 10:45 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:13 pm

‘Traffic KG’ set up to create awareness among children

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The Traffic Department has set up a model street at its sprawling headquarters to educate children about traffic rules and road safety. The street dubbed as Traffic Kindergarten has roads, junctions and signage, along with seat belt simulators. The facility on the second floor of the building is open to children from all kindergartens in the country, two days a week. Visitors to the department can also leave their children at the facility, under the supervision of female staff. Brig Saad Mohammed Al Kharji, Director of the Traffic Department, said the purpose of the ‘Traffic KG’ is to teach children traffic rules and road manners in a simple and practical way. “The idea is to imbibe traffic culture in children so that they follow the rules as they grow up not out of fear of the law or punishment,” said Al Kharji. Nafeja Al Mansouri, a supervisor of ‘Traffic KG’, said the department is in touch with all kindergartens across the country to invite children to visit the facility. “The first thing we will teach the young visitors is the importance of the emergency number 999, how and when to use it and which department to call at different situations.” Then the children will be given a presentation to teach them in simple language road safety, how to use pedestrian crossings and dedicated bicycle lanes and how to get out of a car or school bus. The facility is attached with a large LCD screen where films will be shown to educate children on traffic rules and road safety. Children visiting the facility will also have an opportunity to visit counters at the Traffic Department and familiarise with their services. They will also be treated to fun games. The Traffic KG is supported with women supervisors who will take care of children. People visiting the department with families for services can leave their children at the facility until they finish their job. Children will be looked after by supervisors and will get tips on traffic safety. Those interested to visit the facility may take appointments over phone by calling 2344444.