The programme is the second initiative by sponsors Maersk Oil Qatar and the Ministry of Interior, under the national road safety brand One Second. A Maersk representative’s said:
To date this initiative has been delivered to over 1,500 students across Qatar and we are working very closely with the Traffic Department to reach as many students and youth as possible in line with the national road safety strategy.’
The programme funded by Maersk Oil Qatar was designed and built in Qatar by Williams Advanced Engineering. Students are invited into a mobile simulator that recreates the experience of driving on roads in Qatar. The simulator has the ability to increase traffic, simulate unpredictable driving and adverse weather conditions. Any student over 12 could take part in the simulator, even those without any driving experience, as they were tutored by a professional driving instructor.
James Conly, Head of 6th Form, said:
We are accountable for our students in school, but we also have a responsibility for their safety and wellbeing within the local community and we will do everything we can to ensure they are safe. The Students for Road Safety programme allows us to educate our pupils on road safety, one of the biggest killers in Qatar, in order to educate them of the dangers driving can inflict upon themselves and others. Furthermore, driving is a life skill and is another way we can prepare our eldest students for life after Doha College.’
It was truly amazing. There is a 180 degree view of the roads and a dashboard in front of you which is relatively realistic. It was a lot of fun and the instructors were there to help me. It’s definitely worth a try.’
Launched in December 2013 and targeting children age 12-18, this initiative prepares young adults for driving on the roads in Qatar and aims to save lives by raising road safety awareness and it is an expansion on Qatar’s National Road Safety Strategy which was introduced by the Ministry of Interior in 2013 to develop safer roads, vehicles, speeds and educate road users by 2022.