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MINISTER LUKAČ VISITED PRIMARY SCHOOL ”MILOŠ CRNJANSKI” IN BANJA LUKA ON THE OCCASION OF THE START OF THE SCHOOL YEAR

| Banja Luka | Thursday, 31/08/2017

During the today’s visit to the Primary School ”Miloš Crnjanski” in the Petrićevac neighbourhood in Banja Luka, the Republic of Srpska Minister of Interior, Mr Dragan Lukač, pointed out that protection and safety of children are priority and invited the drivers to drive extremely carefully, especially near school areas.

The Minister has reminded that the campaign ”Protect the children in traffic”, implemented by the Ministry, achieved excellent results in protection and safety of children, and that the latter will continue in the following period.

”There are enough traffic signs warning the drivers for attention in school areas, but it is necessary to pay more attention to children since there will be a lot of them on the streets”, said the Minister.

The Primary School Director, Ms Vesna Banjac, thanked Minister Lukač for his attendance at the play that the senior pupils prepared for the first-graders.

She said that there were 83 first-graders this year in that institution, whereas 785 pupils attend the central school, and 53 pupils attend the field school department in the neighbourhood Motike, and added that all was set for the school year to start.

The campaign ”Protect the children in traffic” of the RS MoI is implemented with the purpose of increasing the level of child safety in traffic, having in mind that their presence on the streets is high during the start of the school year.

Within the campaign, the police officers will visit all schools in order to determine the best solutions and the safest routes for the pupils coming from the suburban areas and from the city parts where there are no schools. Also, they will initiate placement of pedestrian barriers for prevention of direct access of children on the road, and fine the drivers who irregularly parked their cars in school areas and near pedestrian crossings.

In the first half of September, the Ministry will, in cooperation with school directors and psychologists, organise educational classes for the youngest pupils on the topic of safe and proper participation of pedestrians and bicyclists in traffic.