Korean delegation learns from visit

09.44 | 19 June 2009 |

A delegation from Korea has visited Kingston to learn about road safety in the UK.

Representatives from the Korea Association of Road Accident Victims heard about road safety education in schools, including the Children’s Traffic Club and the Junior Road Safety Officer schemes, which involve youngsters in delivering road safety lessons to fellow students.

James Parker, Kingston Council, said: “Road traffic injuries are a huge problem in Korea. Our visitors told us that of a population of 48 million, 1.5 million are suffering permanent injuries because of road traffic collisions.

“Our visitors have been awarded funding by the Korean government to have a medical centre for road traffic victims built in Yang-Peong. The centre will have 800 beds solely for road traffic victims and will also become a place where children can learn road safety lessons.”

Kingston has the largest Korean community in the UK, and the road safety team has produced road safety information in the Korean language.

Contact James Parker for further information.


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