The Minister of Public Works and stakeholders of Road Safety, including the Inter-American Development Bank, on Tuesday previewed several Public Service Announcements (PSAs) to students of the East Ruimveldt Secondary School.
The PSAs provided vital information to students about the dangers associated with reckless driving, driving under the influence and the importance of using pedestrian crossings and roundabouts.
Public Works Minister Juan Edghill explained that with viral videos on social media with minibuses breaking a plethora of traffic laws, school-aged children are most times in danger.
He implored students to say no to reckless driving by public transportation operators, even their own parents.
“As terrible as it sounds, I don't want to see a child covered on the road in a white sheet. It must not be you, it must not be your friend, it must not be your schoolmate or someone from your community. We want to ensure that every child gets to school safely every day. And get home back safe every day,” Edghill said.
Minister Edghill cited that no one should become a victim of reckless driving: adult or child. He added that with the expansion of new access roads, and the rehabilitation of existing ones, the Ministry, Traffic Department, and stakeholders are cognisant of the dangers associated with this kind of development.
“While the road was in construction, we saw the potential of those who lack understanding or care the road, if not properly used, and if not properly regulated, and if people are not properly educated, could pose danger to life and limb,” He said.