Raising awareness of road safety

Shaliza (far left) and SAC Mohd Padzli (centre) fastening child safety helmets on children. — FAIHAN GHANI/The Star

AN OIL-and-gas company has launched a road safety campaign in conjunction with Hari Raya Aidilfitri, with particular focus on children.

Petron Malaysia organised the programme due to a rise in the number of injuries and deaths resulting from road accidents during festive seasons.

In an effort to reduce that, the company aimed to raise awareness about road safety and with a focus on children.

The programme at Petron MRR2 Safari was organised in collaboration with Applecrumby, NESQ, Farm Fresh and snskidz.

It was also supported by the police and the Road Transport Department (JPJ).

Petron Malaysia head of retail Shaliza Mohd Sidek said the strategic partnership with the police and JPJ had been ongoing for the past decade.

She said all Petron stations had been recognised as safe locations by the police during their previous partnerships.

“We are also collaborating with JPJ and our other strategic partners to conduct road safety programmes at universities and schools to shape responsible road users among the young generation.

“As a company that supplies fuel to motorists in Malaysia, we have very serious concerns about road safety.

“Hopefully, by teaching important but often neglected safety measures like taking necessary breaks during long drives, we can prevent more road accidents,” said Shaliza.

Petron Malaysia had contributed more than 100 bottles of 1litre motorcycle engine oil to P-Miles customers at Petron MRR2 Safari, Petron Bukit Lanjan and Petron Sungai Besi Toll.

As an initiative to prioritise children’s safety, JPJ contributed helmets for some children from the neighbourhood, reinforcing the importance of wearing helmet when riding motorcycle.

Apart from partnering with Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (Miros) to conduct complimentary car seat checks on-site by their certified Child Occupant Safety Instructors, snskidz also provided free car seats to parents in need.

They offered valuable information on car seat safety during the launch too.

To keep drivers awake and alert, NESQ gave away a free sachet of Kopi Kelasik NESQ to the first 20 customers, along with Petron’s Go-To-Safety-Point (GTSP) themed eco-friendly paper cup holders that emphasise the use of child safety helmets.

Families with toddlers can look out for Farm Fresh’s ready-to-drink Yarra milk and their 30g Farm Fresh Grow “easy-to-make-milk” powder in sachets for convenience.

While stocks last, they can also find Applecrumby’s PureBasics sample diaper packs for the first 500 customers at the three selected Petron stations.

Meanwhile Selangor police chief Comm Datuk Hussein Omar Khan said they were pleased with Petron Malaysia’s campaign, which focused on road safety for children.

“The objective is aligned with the implementation of Op Selamat 22 from April 8 to 13, to ensure everybody arrives at their destination safely during the balik kampung journey,” he said.

Selangor police crime prevention and community safety head Senior Asst Commisioner Mohd Padzli Mohd Zain also urged road users to plan their journeys to ensure sufficient rest.

“They should also complete vehicle maintenance, drive carefully, follow traffic laws, pay full attention to the road, be aware of their surroundings and rest at safe locations when needed,” he advised.

Similar programmes were held at Petron Bukit Lanjan and Petron Sungai Besi Toll.

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