MIRI: The State Ministry for Infrastructure Development and Communications and the Sarawak Road Safety Department have recently decided to make it mandatory for every school in cities and towns to train one teacher as traffic warden.
The traffic warden will be given professional courses in road safety and he would in turn be responsible for handling similar road safety courses at the school level.
Assistant Minister Lee Kim Shin recently held a meeting with the department's senior officers and they agreed to implement this mandatory requirement as soon as possible, beginning with Miri Division in northern Sarawak.
“We have started training the first batch of teachers for the purpose. There are 1,274 schools (in urban Sarawak) and every school must send at least one teacher for such training.
“Miri has been chosen as the first district to kick-start this pilot project.
“We will then proceed to every other division and conduct similar courses,”he said in an interview.
Lee said the pilot project was a big step forward in the government's effort to reduce road accidents.
He said that by instilling awareness on road safety in schools, the young will be taught from an early age the importance of being safety-conscious on the roads.