New Junior Traffic Training Centre at Steynville Primary School in Piketberg
“With this Junior Traffic Training Centre, we aim to prevent further injuries to our children. We aim to educate primary school learners and toddlers how to walk safely to school and back. The centre will serve about 800 children in Piketberg.” These were the words of Nina September of the Department of Transport and Public Works Directorate: Road Safety Management (RSM) at the opening of the Junior Traffic Training Centre (JTTC) at Steynville Primary School on 28 February 2020.
JTTCs are small-scale simulated road environments built at primary schools to teach children about road safety in a play environment. This programme of the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) is implemented in the Western Cape by RSM. Other partners in the project were the Western Cape Education Department and the Bergriver Municipality.
Road markings are painted on cement or tarmac slabs and small-scale road signs are supplied to participating schools. Children will learn about the rules of the road and the function of different signs at the centre. Senior municipal traffic officers did a road safety demonstration at the launch. RSM handed out branded rulers and colouring books with road safety themes to children at the event.
Child road safety improvements in Piketberg go beyond the JTTC. September said last year several learners at the school had been knocked down by cars while they were walking to school. For this reason, the entrance in Anemone Street was moved to a side road behind the school to make road crossing safer.