SIGNS OF CONCERN: Authorities must monitor areas with schools so that children do not run unnecessary risks travelling to and back from classes
THE Works Department and relevant authorities have been urged to conduct regular checks at schools to ensure adequate signs have been put up and other safety precautions taken to ensure the safety of schoolchildren.
State Executive Councillor for Infrastructure, Energy, Water and Telecommunication, Datuk Ismail Lasim, said constant checks were important to ensure the children were not exposed to unnecessary risks when travelling to and from school.
"Although the relevant authorities have taken numerous steps to look after the interests of the schoolchildren, they must also monitor the area.
"We do not want our children to be exposed to unnecessary risks because something minor had been overlooked, such as lack of adequate signs warning motorists to slow down," he said.
Ismail said he had personally conducted checks on several school areas where he felt had inadequate signs to alert motorists to slow down and be careful of children crossing the roads.
He was speaking at the closing of a road safety competition organised by Road Safety Council and Shell in Taman Tasik Seremban, here, recently.
Also present was State Road Transport Department director, Saiful Azzri Hamzah, State Road Safety Department director, Mohd Rusdi Ismail and Shell Malaysia corporate affairs general manager Frank Saing.
SMK King George V and SK Seremban 2B were the competition champions in the primary and secondary categories, respectively.
Ismail, who is also State Road Safety Council chairman, said it was important that parents took the lead in educating their children on road safety at an early age.
"The authorities alone cannot ensure the safety and wellbeing of all children; it must be a concerted effort between us and the parents," he added.