Quiz contest focuses on road safety

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By Disha Bobby, Gulf News Reader  www.gulfnews.com

I have been involved in many campaigns with the Road and Transport Authority (RTA) about traffic safety so when they asked me to conduct a quiz for Gulf Traffic Week, I was excited to help.

    *  Image Credit: Pictures courtesy: Disha Bobby     * Eager participants raise hands to answer questions at a road safety quiz held for shoppers at the Dubai Festival City.
* Image Credit: Pictures courtesy: Disha Bobby * Eager participants raise hands to answer questions at a road safety quiz held for shoppers at the Dubai Festival City.

In celebration of Gulf Traffic Week 2012, I put together a road safety quiz for shoppers at the Dubai Festival City. The key purpose of the event was to remind people about road safety rules. We managed to gather large crowds of people. It was a successful event with hundreds of attendees. Many of the participants won prizes.

The quiz helped people recall road safety rules and remember to apply them in order to reduce accidents and fatalities. People were aware of the correct answers to many of the questions, but I noticed a huge problem. Young children sit without fastening their seat belts or using car seats. Recently, I read that accidents have been reduced by 12.8 per cent. I believe my activities and these road safety campaigns will surely help Dubai Police achieve their goal of reducing the number of road accidents to 0 per 100,000 by 2020.

 

— This reader is a grade 5 pupil based in Dubai