Sanoh Hosts Traffic Safety Class for Children and Parents
On September 20, 2014 Sanoh hosted the first Koga Area Parent-Child Road Safety Class at our Koga factory (Ibaraki Prefecture), with the aim of preventing traffic accidents involving children in the area.
Forty-two parent-child groups (56 parents and 68 children) from the city of Koga participated in the event in order to learn more about traffic rules and safety. Several scenarios that frequently involve children, such as “jumping out onto the road / sudden braking”, “accidents involving bicycles”, and “the driver’s blind spot”, were reenacted in order to illustrate the dangers and risks involved in these situations. Later, participants were encouraged to brainstorm about ways to prevent traffic accidents.
Parents that participated in the class shared their impressions, which included: “I never realized that a driver’s blind spot is that enormous!”; “The children were given a good lesson on the danger of suddenly jumping out into the road”; and “I was once again reminded of the importance of seat belts”. The children were delighted by the exhibit of police cars, fire engines, ambulances, and other vehicles that they normally do not often have the chance to see up close; they were also very excited to meet “Yukitono-kun”, the mascot of the Koga Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The festive atmosphere of the event
enabled the participants to learn about traffic safety while having lots of fun.
The mayor of Koga, Kenichiro Sugaya, expressed his gratitude toward Sanoh’s efforts to promote road safety education in the area, stating, “This event has laid out a foundation to prevent the tragedy of traffic accidents from happening”.
* Sanoh is a member of the Honda and Associated Companies Accident Prevention Council, and organizes activities aimed to prevent traffic accidents in the area. The events are hosted by Sanoh employees with traffic safety instructor qualifications. This latest event was the result of collaboration between the Council, a division of the Honda Driving Safety Committee, and the Koga Second Elementary School, and was supported by the City of Koga, the Koga City Board of Education, the Koga Police Department, the Koga Fire Department, Koga Area Traffic Safety Association, and the Koga Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Requiring two years to organize and prepare, the event was the first corporate-sponsored traffic safety class to be held in Koga.