December, the proper month to prevent car accidents
By Antonio De Jesús Aguado
In order to instill in the citizens a culture of safety in San Miguel, the Traffic and Transportation Department is holding the first conference of Road Safety Education, which will include lectures and cultural events.
The director of the Traffic Department, Eleazar Romero, commented that if people in the municipality know what their duties are as drivers, pedestrians, operators of public transportation or as passengers, then there will be better road safety in the city as well as more protection for the citizens. He made it clear that currently the drivers do not make a total halt at the topes (speed bumps) — which are also pedestrian passes — and the pedestrians, when they are going to cross a street, never check if there is a vehicle coming because they assume that they will make a total halt.
The conference started on November 22 with a parade featuring members of local, state and federal emergency corporations. This conference will conclude on December 22 with a mass. In the meantime, several events will take place in the city, where the traffic agents will hand out brochures to citizens and answer all their questions. A car crash simulator will also be installed at the main events.
On Saturday, December 7, at 7pm in the Plaza Cívica, the Ballet of the Technologic Institute of Celaya will give a presentation. Besides the sharing of brochures, the event will feature a photographic exhibition. The director announced that on December 13, at 10am, representatives of the US Embassy in Mexico will offer a keynote lecture—related to the topic of road safety—at the Universidad de León at Insurgentes 1. Later, at 2pm, there will be stands offering information in the Plaza Cívica.
On Saturday, December 14, at 8pm there will be wrestling (free) at the Plaza de Toros. On December 20 at 5pm, the Federal Preventive Police will present a theater play in the Plaza Cívica and later, the event will conclude with a concert by Sonora Cumarebo.
The director said in addition that they will start working with the program Guadalupe-Reyes which goes from December 12 to January 6. That program will seek to avert transit congestion in the historic center by having an operative invite those arriving to the city to park in a parking lot such as El Cardo, with room for 800 vehicles.
Although the pamphlets do not have information in English, the director assured that they will try to do a translation. The document recommends that cyclists wear brightly colored clothes and use helmets and kneepads. It suggests to pedestrians that they walk only in designated areas and always on the sidewalk. If taking a taxi, they must wait on the sidewalk and never cross the street. Finally, it recommends that drivers use their seat belts and avoid the use of cell-phones while driving.