Kota Kinabalu: More than 540 students from 32 primary and secondary schools in Kota Kinabalu, Penampang and Tuaran took part in the Shell Traffic Educational Programme (Step) at Tanjung Aru, Saturday.
Mayor Datuk Iliyas Ibrahim, represented by City Hall Director-General Yeo Boon Hai, officiated at the road safety programme organised by the State Road Safety Council through City Hall and co-sponsored by Shell Malaysia.
Sabah Shell General Manager, Sharbini Suhaili, assured that Shell Malaysia will always support such road safety campaigns which help to further enhance safety awareness in the community.
"This programme is a good way to educate youths at an early stage about the regulations on the road," he said.
He also said that through such activities, they hope to mould responsible and courteous future road users.
Step is run annually at district level on a competition basis for primary and secondary schools. Winners then compete at the State level to get a chance to represent Sabah at the national level carnival scheduled for October this year.
SRK St Francis Convent won the first prize for the primary school category, while SM La Salle was champion at secondary school level.
SK Tanjung Aru and SK Pekan Putatan managed to grab the second and third prize in the primary school category, while SM Stella Maris and SMK Sanzac were the first and second runners-up at secondary level respectively.
Annually some 30,000 students throughout the country take part in these road safety activities.
Shell spends around RM1.3 million yearly for the nation-wide programme, of which RM300,000 is allocated for the Sabah programme.