MUSCAT: As part of its ‘Be Street Smart’ campaign, the Oman Road Safety Association (ORSA), in partnership with Oman Oil Company (OOC), held a workshop that discussed road safety booklets and educating people on safer driving and road use.

‘Be Street Smart’ campaign was launched in July this year.

As part of the second phase of this campaign, ORSA plans to conduct workshops to train and raise awareness of youth from colleges and universities in Muscat, North and South Batinah, Dakhliyah, North and South Sharqiyah and Buraimi.

A press release stated that the workshop was attended by Amor bin Nasser al Matani, chairman of ORSA, Mulham al Jarf, deputy chief executive officer of OOC, road safety experts and members of ORSA.

“We are proud to see how the public has accepted our invitation and started joining efforts for the ultimate goal of enhancing road safety in Oman. I thank our volunteers who have always supported us in such initiatives and Oman Oil for the continuous interest and support,” Matani was quoted in the release as saying.

The workshop discussed guide booklets that were adapted from global road safety manuals.

‘These guidebooks, each containing information and scientific approach of different topic of seatbelts and child restraints, speed management, drinking and driving, pedestrians safety, helmets use, were reviewed and translated into Arabic by ORSA and are being reviewed by other road safety experts.

Shaima Murtadha al Lawati, chief executive officer of ORSA said, “These guide booklets contain information and pictures to address the needs of road users. Through this campaign, we hope to create more public awareness to address road safety issues.”

Mohammed bin Salim al Mamari, president of a road safety campaign said, “During this workshop, I met members and officials of ORSA as well as other experts in the field of road safety. I hope we continue meeting up regularly to support each other and to discuss relevant issues and matters to allow us serve our communities better.”