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Oman Road Safety Association celebrates Qaranqashow with message of road safety


The organisers even used a dummy car and a dummy school bus to demonstrate their point. –Supplied photo

Muscat: Oman Road Safety Association (ORSA) recently organised awareness activities at the Shangrila Barr Al Jissa Hotel and Resort, celebrating Qaranqashow with the aim of raising awareness among children and families while using roads, whether as pedestrians, cyclists, or as passengers in vehicles.

The activities included talks about the dangers of speeding, the importance of seat belts and child restraints, the danger of using mobile phones and the importance of adhering to traffic rules and regulations.

Flyers were distributed to different road users. The organisers even used a dummy car and a dummy school bus to demonstrate their point. Some goodies and sweets were distributed to celebrate Qaranqashow .

More than 200 people visited the association's 'corner' and benefited from the activities.

The Qaranqashow activity is part of ORSA's new youth awareness programme titled 'Be Street Smart'.

Commenting on it, Shaima Al-Lawati, ORSA Chief Executive Officer, said, "Oman Road Safety Association has been working closely with this young energetic team to enhance awareness and carry out such activities. Educating our volunteers about the latest best practices in road safety is a primary way to ensure safety on the roads. With the participation of Oman's youth, we will be able to deliver these messages in an effective way to change the attitude and behaviour of the community."

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“The organisers ORSA even used a dummy car and a dummy school bus to demonstrate their point”.

It was better that the organizers brought a real school bus and parked it somewhere by the restaurant and asked the children to get in and fasten their seat belt. And only the ones who could not fasten the seat belt may better get help from their mates in the bus. By doing so two things could be achieved. first, organizers see who could fasten a seat belt and who could not. In fact every child is been collected by a school bus must know how to fasten seat belt. Second, by letting the children help each other the organizers need only to coach the children. That kind of approach create a helping society. That dummy car and bus have nothing in common with the real car or school bus. The seat belts of a car is a three- point seat belt that means both the upper and the lower body must be securely restrain with a belt over the chest area and another over the thighs. While the seat belt of the school bus is a two- point seat belt it restrains only the thigh. The improvised seat belt that used to give instructions is neither a three-point nor a two-point seat belt. The message that the children got is not clear and the campaign not succeeded.

In road safety campaign case study works very effective in bringing the message very clear.