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Posted On: 27 August 2019 09:45 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:04 pm

HMC offers Traffic safety reminders as schools reopen

Binu Cherian
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Hamad Medical Corporations (HMC) Hamad Trauma Center is urging road users to take extra precautions, noting that the beginning of the school year and the higher volume of cars, buses, and pedestrians means road users are at an increased risk for motor vehicle crashes and injury.

Director of the Hamad Injury Prevention Program (HIPP), the community outreach arm of HMCs Trauma Surgery Section, Dr. Rafael Consunji, said the beginning of the new school year signals a change to the daily routine of many road users. He said all drivers must be more aware of new road environments, and in control of, their speed at all times, but particularly during this time of year.

Dr. Consunji says it is vital for motorists to obey traffic rules by complying with school zone speed limits as well as designated parking and drop-off regulations. He also highlighted the importance of being aware that the presence of school buses and vans means that there will be children crossing or walking in the street, especially in residential compounds and neighborhoods. These reminders apply to all motorists and road users, regardless of whether you transport children or not. It is a whole societys responsibility to provide a safe road environment for these children, so all of us must do our part.

He advised parents to take care of their children and supervise them and pay attention to safety standards, especially when it comes to the road, to avoid run over accidents, especially when children go on a walk or bicycle to school, making sure to wear bright colors or reflective light to make it easier for drivers to see them, as advised children to wear a helmet and wear it properly.

In the context of these advice, he said that children who use the bus when they go to school should be defined, within the safety standards, to wait for the bus to stop fully before reaching the door, and to ensure the entry and exit to and from the designated places only, and not to move while the bus is moving.

Source: QNA