Take the pledge: Help improve safety on Oman’s roads and win a share of cash prizes worth a total of RO150.
Are you ready to take the pledge?
To coincide with the start of the GCC’s Road Safety Week tomorrow (March 10), Y Magazine is launching a very special competition to help all children across the Sultanate understand the importance of road safety.
With accidents on the roads of Oman continuing at alarming levels, there’s never been a better time to start making a change.
And you and your children can play a part in making Oman’s roads safer for all of us.
Presented by Panorama Mall and in association with Familia, our Road Safety Pledge is aimed at reaching parents and children to highlight the importance of safety on our roads, as well as wearing seatbelts.
With road fatalities in the GCC considered some of the highest in the world, this is an important initiative that we hope will help to save more lives on the Sultanate’s roads.
GCC Road Safety Week, which runs until March 17, is a coordinated effort around the six-member states to highlight issues and raise awareness among road users.
In this issue, you will find a card inserted in Y, which will enable children to make their pledges about road safety. These could include promising to wear a seatbelt at all times, not jumping around the car unrestrained or even asking your parents to put down their mobile phones and stop speeding. There are lots of ways you can make a difference.
This is YOUR pledge, so be creative and think about what you would like to change.
And when you are done filling out the card, all you have to do is to get your mum or dad to sign it so we know you will be making a huge effort to help you and your family to stay safe while driving.
Then ask your mum or dad to help you take the card to one of the dropboxes located around Muscat.
The best three pledges – don’t forget, you can also add your own drawings or other designs to the card – will share in a total cash prize of RO150.
The closing date for entries is March 26.
Good luck and we look forward to receiving all your entries – and in the meantime, stay safe on the roads!
Pedestrians 10 and younger must be accompanied by an adult or young adult on their way to and from school. Show them how to cross the street by stopping at the curb and looking left-right-left for traffic before crossing. Learn about pedestrian safety from rating the walkability of your neighbourhood to understanding the growth and developmental stages of your children’s abilities.
The two best protections when biking to and from school are a properly fitted bicycle helmet and a good grasp of traffic safety rules. Let your child choose the helmet, and explain it’s “just part of the gear” like football, skiing or hockey equipment. Learn more about bicycle safety; from selecting the right helmet to inspecting your family’s bikes before hitting the road.
School buses are a popular mode of transportation for getting children back and forth to school. And it is essential that your kids are especially careful around the school bus “danger zone” – 25 metres in front, 10 metres behind, and on each side of the bus. And always remind them to buckle up and not walk around the bus unrestrained.
Did you know children in the front seat are 40 per cent more likely to be injured in crashes? If your kids are 12 and younger, make sure they ride in the back seat and that everybody is wearing a seat belt or strapped into a child safety seat. Again, no jumping about the car unrestrained!
As a parent, you’re the biggest influence on the kind of pedestrian, cyclist and driver your child will become. Set a positive example and keep your children safe. Whether walking, biking or driving, stay completely focused on the road and put your mobile phone away when in traffic, follow the road rules, don’t break speed limits or drive recklessly.
* Source: www.safercar.gov