In a bid to sensitise children on how trucks operate in traffic, SMT Ghana, as part of its corporate social responsibility has introduced a Volvo Truck traffic safety campaign dubbed: ‘Stop, Look and Wave’.
The campaign which is a global initiative by the Volvo Group, international partners of SMT Ghana, seek to give children the world over the opportunity to better understand how trucks operate in traffic.
It involves the application of an easy to understand way of making kids aware of the risks and how best to avoid them.
Children learn how to interact safely with commercial vehicles in traffic. In most traffic situations it is difficult for a driver to detect pedestrians and cyclists who are close to the truck.
The training programme therefore focuses on how important it is for children to be attentive and make an eye contact with the truck driver and make him aware of their presence by waving at him before crossing the road.
SMT Ghana was at the Christian Home International School located at Dansoman for the 2nd edition of the Volvo Truck traffic safety course.
Participating kids were excited to watch a demo presentation from Volvo on how to cross the road safely before they were taken to the field for practical training. They were later presented with gifts and a participation certificate from the Volvo Group.
Lead facilitator were, Mr Jasper Agbakpe, Training Manager who is also a Certified Volvo trainer for SMT Group and Mr Godfred Sessah-Johnson, Health & Safety Manager of SMT Ghana was also on hand for a practical demonstration on the safer use of roads by pedestrians and cyclists.
Headmaster of Christian Home School, Mr Joseph Noble Nkrumah was full of praise to SMT Ghana and the Volvo Group for educating school children on road safety.
“Children run across the road without taking note of what lies ahead of them so I believe this is a wonderful initiative to safeguard the future of our young ones. Lessons learnt will let them be careful anytime they’re crossing the road,” he said.
Mr Nkrumah urged stakeholders in the educational sector to take a cue from the exercise and promote it.
Mrs Hilda Peasah, Marketing Manager of SMT Ghana who informed the press of the company’s commitment to engage more schools observed that trucks and heavy duty equipment have more blind spots than normal passenger cars as such they are not the same when it comes to road safety.
“It is therefore important to educate our young ones on the safer use of roads when dealing with trucks. We will annually visit 4 schools (one in every quarter) to ensure more schools and school children are fully educated during this entire campaign.
Mrs Peasah reiterated that SMT Ghana and the Volvo Group have adopted the road safety campaign as a key corporate social responsibility programme because Volvo as an International company gives utmost priority on safety.