Thursday, March 31, 2016

The Emirates Driving Institute (EDI) hosts a road safety initiative to create awareness among the student body on the importance of road safety at Manipal University Dubai on March 31st 2016.

It is reported that motorists belonging to an age group of 18-30 are prone to road accidents in the UAE, according to Dubai Traffic Police Department.

However, most young adults tend to ignore minor traffic rules and do not realize the importance of wearing a seat belt, Mr Muhammad Nazir, Assistant Senior Instructor of EDI said, “Wearing a seat belt is the primary and most important safety feature of any car, it is more essential than an air bag (that’s the secondary feature).”

“It is not just the duty of the main passenger to wear a seatbelt but every passenger is responsible to wear a seat belt and even a single passenger could cause injuries to the others,” said Nazir.

Impact of road accident simulation with seat belt on at 10kmph
Photo by Kailash Nenwani

To emphasis on this basic yet crucial accessory for drivers, EDI had a live simulation of an accident allowing students to experience the harsh impact and consequences of an accident at only 10 kmph. Leaving students to think what would it feel like if it were more than that? Probably best not to find out!

The Emirates Driving Institute (EDI) has been conducting similar awareness programs in other Universities and youth centric places in Dubai for the past 10 years. 

By Gayathri Nandakumar 

The writer is a first year undergrad student from the School of Media & Communication