The 6th "Traffic Detectives Project Road Users Instructor Trainings", realized by OPET together with the General Directorate of Security Traffic Training and Research Department Presidency was carried out in Antalya. Training was given to the gendarme personnel for the first time this year, with the inclusion of the Gendarme General Command in the project as a stakeholder. 135 personnel employed at Traffic Services, affiliated with the Gendarme General Command, were entitled to receive certificates following the training that lasted 5 days. Now, the gendarme personnel will raise the awareness of children and teenagers in the cities, rural regions and villages where they are assigned, and give ‘Traffic Detective' trainings.
The OPET Traffic Detectives Project, which has been continuing for 5 years without interruption and accessed approximately 4.5 million children and teenagers, continues with a new expansion. Children and teenagers in the rural areas and villages are also starting to receive traffic safety training, with the addition of the Gendarme General Command to the project stakeholders this year. Within this context, the "Traffic Detectives Project Road Users Instructor Training” realized by OPET together with the General Directorate of Security Traffic Training and Research Department Presidency was organized during October 21-26 at Antalya Zeynep Golf Resort, so as to include the gendarme personnel. 135 personnel, employed at Traffic Services affiliated with the Gendarme General Command, coming from 81 provinces were entitled to receive certificates following the training that lasted 5 days. Gendarme personnel will start to give Traffic Detectives training at the provinces where they are employed, from now on. Theoretical and interactive training was given to the attendees by specialized instructors, at the organized instructor training. The topics that were covered during the trainings given to the gendarme personnel that were divided into 8 different classes were: Experiential Learning Cycle, Child and Adult Education Principles, Child and Adult Communication Skills, Empathy, Development – Learning, Child and Adult Education Similarities and Differences, Course Plan Preparation, Course Teaching by Animation and Presentation.
During the ceremony, OPET Board of Directors' Founder Member Nurten Öztürk underlined the fact that the project boundaries were extended with the inclusion of the Gendarme personnel among the Traffic Detectives Project instructors, and continued as follows: “We are delighted with the inclusion of the Gendarme General Command among our highly valued stakeholders on this path we have set off in collaboration with the Ministry of Labor and Social Services, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of National Education, Directorate of Religious Affairs and Police Spouses Association. Because, we will now be able to access rural regions and village schools also thanks to our gendarme personnel. When we examine the Traffic Accidents statistics, we see that the ratio of casualties has been reduced by 26% in fatal accidents where children were involved since 2013. There is no doubt that our Traffic Detectives Project has a share in this ratio. The children are our future and their increased awareness, and growth in a safe environment is the common goal of all of us. Another point that I always underline is in-vehicle safety. We call the seatbelt the "Life Belt" as OPET, and want to create an awareness in this respect. We have achieved progress within a short time with the awareness studies we have implemented within the scope of our Life Belt project that we started as aimed to increase the ratio of seatbelt use in our country. As OPET, we will continue to put our hearts and souls, together with all our stakeholders, to create a safe traffic and raise conscious drivers.
ABOUT THE TRAFFIC DETECTIVES PROJECT
The sensible and conscious drivers of the future are being raised
The "Traffic Detectives Project", conducted with the collaboration of the Ministry of Family and Social Services, Ministry of Internal Affairs General Directorate of Security and Gendarme General Command, Ministry of National Education, Directorate of Religious Affairs, Police Spouses Association and OPET, aims to transform the driver candidates of the future into individuals who really know the traffic rules and assume responsibilities in this respect. In the project that is aimed to instill traffic awareness in children and teenagers of 3-17 years' of age, and indirectly their families, the children and teenagers who participate in the trainings receive the 'Traffic Detective' title and are expected to develop a conscious behavior model with respect to traffic. The trainings are organized under the headings of traffic signs and signboards, seat belts and child protection systems, use of pedestrian crossing, over- and under-passes, safe bicycle riding, pedestrian safety, visibility, safe travel in the vehicle, street crossing and safe play areas. With the ‘Traffic Detectives Project’, it is intended to create an awareness regarding the traffic rules and change the current perception, and thus transform Turkey into a country with safe traffic, and comfortable transportation in the future.