Hawston Primary School become the proud new recipient of a Junior Traffic Training Centre (JTTC) on 18 October 2023.
The Junior Traffic Training Centre consists of a road map with painted road and traffic signs that will be used to teach children the meaning of various road signs and how to cross a road safely as a pedestrian, without exposing them to the dangers of real traffic situations.
The opening of these training centres at some schools across the province, is part of a programme implemented by the Western Cape Mobility Department’s Road Safety Management Directorate.
In his welcoming address, Hawston Primary’s Acting Principal, Mr Henn, thanked the traffic safety stakeholders for this initiative as it is a big opportunity to educate learners about road safety in a play environment.
“We have a responsibility, especially to assist communities in making it safer for kids to get to and from school. Junior traffic training centres are just one of those interventions to try and create awareness,” acknowledged WC Director of Road Safety Management, Willie van der Merwe at the ceremony.
Xen Titus, Assistant Traffic Chief of Overstrand Municipality said it is a privilege to work with and be part of the #SaveKidsLives initiative. He added that Overstrand traffic officers are committed and motivated to keeping the roads safe and applauded the educational team for regularly visiting schools where they speak about road safety and teach the children how to stay safe on the road.
Overstrand Deputy Mayor, Cllr Lindile Ntsabo and Mayco Member for Protection Services, appealed to motorists to be considerate and be especially careful around vulnerable road users – children, pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists – “so that we all get #SafelyHome”, he concluded.