Jamshedpur: In a novel attempt to motivate the citizens to adhere to the traffic rules the cops along with the social activists along with the cops on Tuesday adopted ‘Gandhigiri’ by distributing roses to the violators. The drive was conducted as part of the Road Safety Week ( January 18 to February 17).
The commuters travelling in Sakchi without helmets and seatbelts were surprised when they were given warm treatment from the cops. Taking a leaf out of the way Mahatma Gandhi would have dealt with such issues similar on the lines of Hindi film ‘Lage Raho Munnabhai’, social activists along with traffic constables holding roses and placards on road safety greeted the violators.
During the campaign traffic constables after catching violators, mainly helmetless riders and drivers without seat belts, took them to these students who in turn handed them roses and requested them to wear helmets and follow traffic safety rules for their own safety and for their family.
“It is a unique initiative and we want the people to be educated about the risks to their own lives and those of others due to their errors,” said Babban Singh, Traffic DSP. The awareness campaign is also focused on stunts performed by the youths.
He said that making people understand the importance of traffic rules is a major challenge which needs to be checked immediately. The officer said that parents must cooperate with the traffic authorities in order to ensure violation-free passage of traffic in the city.
“We take spot fines every day but the situation remains the same.This drive will continue along with usual spot fines and prosecution of the traffic violators. We wanted to touch the hearts of the offenders using the kids. I am confident that people will realize their mistakes and also remember the importance of road safety and returning safely to home for their family after seeing the children on the road,” said DSP.
” It is an ambitious initiative and we want to make people see that they are the sufferers of traffic violations. We have also written to social organisations, which inculcates road safety values amongst school students, and also to different schools to extend their support by giving student’s volunteers below the age of six for such drives,” said a traffic official.