Learning to get smarter on streets

(From left) Ahmad Afif, Wong and Fedora at the launch of the StreetSmart exhibition in Central i-City Mall, Shah Alam. — Photos: SAM THAM/The Star

YOUNG children are at higher risk of being involved in road accidents due to their smaller size. Hence, it is important for them to be aware of safety habits and practise vigilance when commuting to schools.

Recognising this, Petronas StreetSmart has taken the initiative to organise an exhibition to promote safety awareness among young children.

Taking place at Central i-City Mall in Shah Alam, the exhibition features simulations of traffic situations to help visitors identify and avoid dangers.

Petrosains chief executive officer Fedora Zulkifli, who launched the event, said similar exhibitions were held in various locations in the country and remained there for six months before moving to a new venue.

“Petronas StreetSmart has operated for more than 18 years and has successfully attracted over 1.9 million visitors.

“Through the exhibition, children can understand the scientific concepts behind road safety.

Wong and Fedora observing a boy testing one of the traffic simulators. Wong and Fedora observing a boy testing one of the traffic simulators.

“We hope to provide an impactful educational platform for young children with regards to road safety, ” she said.

Fedora also thanked the Malay-sian Institute of Road Safety Research and Malaysia Road Safety Departments (JKJR) for its support.

JKJR deputy director Wong Yau Duenn welcomed the exhibition, saying it would help inculcate interest among children about the importance of road safety.

“There were 281,527 road accidents reported as of June this year, with 3,071 fatalities recorded.

“Of that figure, 500 deaths involved children below 15.

“Children are frequent road users because they commute daily to schools.

Children listening to safety advise shared by the staff at the exhibition.Children listening to safety advise shared by the staff at the exhibition.

“Exhibitions such as this could help them evaluate danger and get out of harm’s way, ” he said. 

Also present was CP150 Petronas AAM Malaysian Cub Prix 2018 champion Ahmad Afif Amran.

The exhibition also features sharing sessions, talks, demonstrations, quizzes and science shows.

It had received more than 80,000 visitors since its opening on Aug 1.

The exhibition is open from 10am to 10pm daily until Dec 31. Admission is free.

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