Commission commends schools, others on Road Safety Week observances
Guyana Chronicle
December 10, 2006

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THE National Road Safety Commission has commended the efforts of schools and other stakeholders in working together towards making this year’s National Road Safety observances a success.

The week of activities which began November 26 and concluded December 2, was held under the theme: “Working in Partnership for a Safer Road every day.”

As part of the observances rallies were held at Diamond on the East Bank Demerara; Enmore on the East Coast Demerara and the National Park in Georgetown.

A high degree of discipline, coordination and precision, along with knowledge of road safety procedure was noted at quiz competitions and the rallies, with well turned out student contingents from secondary, multilateral and primary schools staging spectacular performances.

At the rally at the National Park, copping the “Best Patrol Unit” trophy donated by Texaco West Indies Ltd. in the over-12 (Lower Secondary) category was Dolphin Secondary School.

“Best Patrol” under-12 was won by Rama Krishna Primary School.

The first place “Best Patrol Unit” trophy in the over-12 (Upper), donated by Texaco West Indies was won by North Ruimveldt Multilateral School. The second prize trophy donated by the Guyana Cooperative Insurance Service in the same category was won by Christ Church Secondary School.

Meanwhile, on the East Bank Demerara, Soesdyke Primary School ran away with the “Best Patrol Unit” trophy in the over-12 category. “Best Patrol Unit” in the under-12 category was won by Covent Garden Secondary School. Both trophies were sponsored by Texaco West Indies Ltd.

Several other trophies were up for grabs in other categories. Other sponsors included Ministry of Education; NAFILCO; King’s Jewellery; F&H Printing; Apex Brokers; Guyana and Trinidad Mutual Life Insurance Company; P&P Brokers; John Fernandes; Car Care; Central Demerara Lions; Hand-in-Hand Insurance Company; Kenrick’s Auto Sales; DD Signs; Auto Supplies and the Police Traffic Education Department..
Road Safety observances began with an Inter-faith Service at the Police Officer’s Mess Annexe, followed by painting of road safety signs in several areas. Other activities during the week included: quiz competitions and a countrywide Road Safety Essay competition launched jointly by the National Road Safety Council and the Ministry of Education. The topic is: “Devise a Plan to make the Road Safer”. Entries for the essay competition will be open until January 31, 2007.

Winners of the quiz competition were: Lisa Saul of Peter’s Hall Primary School; Dennis Nelson of Winfer Gardens Georgetown; and Julio Baksh of Lusignan, East Coast Demerara.

The week of activities concluded with an Owner/Driver seminar on December 2.

The feature address was delivered by Minister of Transport, Mr. Robeson Benn. Other functionaries addressing rallies included Minister within the Ministry of Health - Dr. Bheri Ramsarran; Minister within the Ministry of Education - Dr. Desrey Fox; and Traffic Chief Ronald Alleyne.