Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, June 16
By Huseyn Hasanov- Trend:
Officials from the Traffic Control Inspectorate of Turkmenistan's Interior Ministry and representatives of a local public organization dealing with road safety discussed good practices for promoting road safety awareness at an OSCE-organized three-day seminar that concluded today in Ashgabat.
Shpresa Mulliqi from the OSCE Mission in Kosovo who conducted the seminar, talked about the significance of the legal framework for traffic safety, the main factors influencing the road infrastructure and behavior, including education and culture, as well as ways to raise public awareness about road traffic safety.
The seminar placed special emphasis on the involvement of children and youngsters in awareness-raising activities for pedestrians.
"Promoting traffic safety is essential for guaranteeing the health and harmonious development of all citizens, including the youngest that represent a group of risk at roads," said Radovan Znasik, officer-in-charge of the OSCE Centre in Ashgabat.
"Our seminar highlights the importance of awareness raising activities in ensuring traffic safety and we hope that the event will be of practical use for the relevant bodies of Turkmenistan as it is committed to upgrading its efforts in the area of promoting traffic safety and designing awareness raising campaigns," he noted.
Participants exchanged views on the role of educational institutions, public organizations and media in raising public awareness on traffic safety. The seminar also covered the main content of traffic safety education, which includes general traffic safety knowledge, and the skills for analyzing and solving problems in traffic activities.
As part of the practical exercises, the participants developed traffic safety awareness messages for different target groups taking into account identified needs, the legal framework, the cultural context and financial implications.
Prior to the seminar, the OSCE expert visited the Traffic Safety School for Children of the Interior Ministry and was familiarized with national road safety campaigns.