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938 A journey from pedestrian safety intervention to first international safe school initiative attempt
  1. S Kulanthayan1,2,
  2. K Karmegam1,
  3. P John3,
  4. W Puspa3,
  5. I Amin1,
  6. A Ramesh3,
  7. A Anita1
  1. 1Universiti Putra Malaysia
  2. 2Safe Kids Malaysia
  3. 3SJK Tamil Kajang

Abstract

Background The 2nd Global United Nation Road Safety Week launched in 2013 with the theme on pedestrian safety. This was followed by the 3rd Global United Nation Road Safety Week in 2015 with the theme on children safety. In conjunction with these global campaigns run locally, a pedestrian safety intervention was launched for the safety of the school community comprising students, teachers, staffs and parents on May 11, 2013

Methods A pedestrian safety intervention was initiated to segregate the vulnerable road users (pedestrians) from the traffic by building a Covered Pedestrian Walkway (277 feet long x 7 feet width) by Safe Kids Malaysia Universiti Putra Malaysia with funding from Industries (FedEx and Global Alliance of NGOs on Road Safety). This initiative bridged the industries and community.

Results The first output is a research to implementation initiative by a Knowledge Transfer Program on pedestrian safety from Safe Kids Malaysia research output on pedestrian safety. The outcome is an attempt by the school institution to apply to be designated as the First International Safe School in Malaysia within the Safe Communities Framework in 2015. 1178 Children, 70 Teachers, 8 Staffs and 870 parents are using the pedestrian walkway and this has reduced their risk on road by removal of hazard.

Conclusions The dream impact we are exploring for this International Safe School movement leading towards First International Safe Community in Malaysia. We hope this will yield a reduction in traffic crashes and injuries involving child pedestrians in this community.

  • Child Pedestrian Safety
  • Safe School
  • Safe Community

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