| Khal Baharulalam |
AS ROAD safety remains a pressing concern in the Sultanate, local youths have been urged to take driving discipline seriously, therefore encouraged to not only acquire the basic knowledge of road safety but also the understanding of the intent behind it.
This was the main focus at Brunei Shell Petroleum’s (BSP) Road Safety Day roadshow held at the Sengkurong Sixth Form Centre yesterday.
Present to officiate the roadshow as guest of honour was Head of HSE at BSP, Dr Hajah Siti Haziah, who in her speech outlined the common causes of road accidents in Brunei. She noted that driving without seatbelts, speeding and using one’s mobile phone are the most common causes of road accidents.
The main objective of the roadshow was also to remind road users to be courteous and respectful on the road, as well as to instil a culture of road safety in the Bruneian youths’ mindsets.
Participating in the roadshow were Brunei Shell Marketing, Brunei National Road Safety unit under the Royal Brunei Police Force, Megamas Training and BSP’s HSE Department.
At the open area in PTES, 11 BSP volunteers carried out a practical driving experiment for the students. The exercise was initiated to give students a better perspective on the marginal difference of safety levels between driving with and without distractions.
Students were told to utilise a BSP cycling motor with two laps: one where students were told to have their attention focussed on driving and the other while texting on their mobile phones.
Eighteen-year-old Sim Kuan Rang, who is scheduled to take his driving lessons in December, eagerly participated in the experiment and shared with the Bulletin that it gave him a better understanding of “the need to prep yourself for unexpected obstructions” as one may experience on actual roads.
“I was driving at a safer and steadier pace without using my phone,” he said on his experience, adding that he did not have full control of the vehicle given the distraction of using his mobile phone during the second lap of the experiment.
The roadshow also attracted students from neighbouring primary and secondary schools.