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Belarussian Auto Moto Touring Club: Child Safety a Key Priority


Publication date: 26 October 2011


The problem of child fatalities – the number of which have increased dramatically in Belarus during recent years, was a key target of the Belarussian Auto Moto Touring Club’s (BKA) activities for the Decade of Action, Club President Raphael Musaev and Club Correspondent Iryna Patsiakina told FIA Region I Director General Jacob Bangsgaard during meetings held on 26 October 2011 in Minsk.

The meetings were held to discuss business development projects for Russian speaking clubs within the FIA, and included a presentation of BKA’s road safety strategy and an overview of the many road safety projects undertaken by the Club during 2011.

Special attention was placed by the Club on road safety education activities for children: on 7 October 2011 a Minsk kindergarten opened its doors to the BKA for its first road safety lessons. The aim was to teach small children how to behave safely on the road – not an easy task. Imagination is needed to make road safety understandable and interesting for very young children.

BKA began by showing funny cartoons in which the main characters repeatedly illustrate safe road behaviour in different situations. The children also did riddles, answered questions and shared their experiences. The BKA brought gifts of sweets and yellow balloons for all participants. But the most valuable gift for each child was without any doubt colourful ‘flickers,’ light-reflectors essential for visibility in the dark when children might be walking or riding bicycles to school.

BKA also organised a practical session for children in an open-air playground. By imitating the most common road situations, the aim was to show road rules in action. The children were divided into several groups - drivers, passengers or pedestrians. Together they learned how to cross the road at traffic lights and pedestrian crossings, how to exit a vehicle, and the importance of always being attentive when on or near a road. A uniformed traffic officer also assisted, helping the children do their best. The activities were a great way for the children to see and practice necessary road safety skills while at the same time having lots of fun.




Meetings were held with BKA Club President, Raphael Musaev, and FIA Region I Director General, Jacob Bangsgaard, in Minsk.

 



BKA activities to support the Decade of Action for Road Safety placed special attention on child safety.


 
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