THE Toyota Traffic Tots programme ended on an artistic note with an art competition that drew almost 700 Year 1 pupils from participating private schools.
The top three winners were awarded MPH cash vouchers valued at RM700, RM500, RM300 respectively, while five consolation winners walked home with MPH vouchers worth RM100.
The art contest, held from September to mid-October, was meant to complement the existing Toyota Traffic Tots programme that was initiated in 2011.
Sri KL, Subang Jaya, swept all three top prizes as well as two consolation winners.
First prize went to Liew Jo Ee, followed by Bianca Sherilyn Lopez in second place and Chai Pei Na in third place. Megan Reyie Lee and Aiden Lim Shi Feng won consolation prizes.
The other consolation prizes went to Farisha Firozdin from Sri UCSI Subang Jaya, Aleesya from Beaconhouse Sri Inai, Petaling Jaya and Laranya Vatsula Chanduru from Sri Dasmesh Kuala Lumpur.
“The art contest required critical thinking, planning and artistic skills and would also enable children to remember road safety messages better,” said UMW Toyota Motor president Datuk Ismet Suki.
The traffic safety messages the children learned included to hold hands with an adult, to walk against traffic and to stay within the road kerb when outside.
“Important values such as traffic courtesy, defensive driving, pedestrian safety, abiding by traffic laws must be inculcated when children are still small,” he said.
He added that once these values were planted, the children would be less inclined to develop behaviours such as speeding or beating traffic lights.