Millennium learners schooled on road safety

Back to school: Azolile Petela, Nompumelelo Malwela, Mogale City Traffic Department spokesperson, Papi Moptaung, and Nelly Diale.

Stop, look and cross, it is that simple … right?

Road safety education is imperative for children of all ages. Children die on our roads every day and by educating the younger generation correctly, more lives can be saved.

The Mogale City Traffic Department recently launched an education programme for schoolchildren during which they will visit several schools and give some valuable information and education about road safety.

Officer Gitta Wehrsterdt taught the children to look before they cross the road.

Three officers from the Department visited Millennium Primary School and gave the whole school a road safety lesson. Ruth Tlhomelang, Gitta Wehrsterdt and departmental spokesperson, Papi Motaung, each had an opportunity to address issues and answer questions.

“You, the youth of our nation, should be little speed-cops and help each other to act safely and responsibly,” said Papi.

The officers started with the Grade 1 to 3 learners and taught them the basics of different traffic lights, stop signs, pavements and where it is safe to play. The children then had the opportunity to ask some questions and the officials were more than willing to assist. The Department also addressed safety belts and why it is advisable to behave while a driver is driving.

The children then had the opportunity to take a photo with the officers and ask some questions that had not been addressed. They also made an agreement with the officials to assist them with spreading safety tips and help their fellow learners be safe.

“I think the programme is a very good idea and the officials gave us some valuable information which I believe we will be using in our everyday lives,” said Nelly Diale.

The Department feels the programme is a huge success and that it is a small step closer to a safer environment for all children and the rest of the community.

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