Source: Russian Federation Ministry of Internal Affairs in English
Officers of the Traffic Police Administration of the Russian MIA Administration for the Murmansk Region carried out event ‘Safe Yard’. Over 50 children took part in educational games aimed at increasing road safety.
Officers of the Traffic Police in Murmansk held campaign ‘Safe Yard’. It is aimed to develop children’s skills of safe behavior on the road, to focus parents and drivers’ attention on the problem of children’s road injuries and to promote usage of safest places for walks.
Road safety promotion inspector together with officers of the Special Rapid Response Platoon of the Road Patrol Service of the Traffic Police of the Russian MIA Administration for the Murmansk Region visited one of large children’s playgrounds in the regional center. Over 50 children there took part in educational games ‘Hand over Baton’ and ‘Traffic Light’.
The participants were to hand over the baton to a tune and, when it ended, the one holding the baton was to draw a card with questions on the road rules. In the second game, the young northerners repeated the main road signs they see every day. In addition, the policemen explained to the children that they might face hazardous situations not only on the road, but also in yards. There are cases when drivers run down children when driving in reverse because they cannot see a child due to short stature.
After repeating and consolidating the theoretical knowledge, the children were invited to approach a patrol car. The children were told about the equipment of modern transport of the Traffic Police, shown several operation modes of flashlight and audio alarm. The policemen permitted the young residents of Murmansk to sit inside the car and use a loudspeaker, which greatly impressed the children.
At the end of the meeting, the young participants in the event were presented small souvenirs – reflective fobs and bookmarks with the road rules. Parents expressed the hope that such meetings would take place again and again in city yards.