Shell Road Safety Awards 2016 winners felicitated

By Staff Reporter — MUSCAT: Dec 10: The annual celebration of Shell Road Safety Awards (SRSA) was held at the Traffic Safety Institute in Seeb for the felicitation of this year’s winners. The awards were organised in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, ROP, Shell Development Oman and Sultan Qaboos University for the purpose of raising awareness on the importance of road safety. After touring the exhibition arena which displayed the participants’ projects and paintings, a film highlighted the Shell Road Safety Awards explaining the awards, its history, motive, fields and updates in the past decade was screened.
The winners were conferred with their respective awards for their projects, research and films that reflected their keen understanding on the topics that were presented to them. The awards focused on different aspects such high speed while driving, using mobile phones while driving, the importance of using a child safety seat, road safety for students, and using seat belts in the back seats while driving, all of which were carefully studied and researched by the participants who also gave their suggestions and solutions to tackle the same.
Subsequent to this, the Guest of Honour handed over the awards to the winning schools, teachers and students in five categories: school projects (three winners), student’s research (five winners), multimedia (five winners), stories (five winners) and paintings for kindergarten to 4th grade students (12 winners — six males and six female).
For this year, the total number of participants from the different Omani governorates was 161; varying between projects, research, multimedia, paintings and stories.
“The Shell Road Safety Awards were instituted inline with HM Sultan Qaboos vision of bringing down the number of accidents and road fatalities in the Sultanate, as it is important for us to put our hands together to achieve traffic safety,” said Major Khamis Al Battashi, In-Charge of the Road Safety Institute and Representative of the ROP in the Award’s main committee.
“Besides school students, the competition is also conducted for those working in the education sector, as it aims at creating a generation that is well aware of road safety and the importance of following traffic rules. The competition witnesses major enthusiasm in all categories each year, and has helped incubate many projects which are great sources of awareness,” he added.