Efforts by the education department and traffic police to prevent high school students from riding motorcycles and scooters without holding a valid driver’s licence do not appear to be having the desired results.
On Monday many of them were seen riding bikes at high speed without wearing the mandatory helmets or triple riding after appearing for the board exams, creating chaos on city streets without any fear of the cops.
Some of the more reckless students, obviously inspired by their favourite action movie stars, even performed stunts on their bikes near the Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 10. The principal, Harbir Singh Anand, said students were not permitted to come to school on motorbikes or cars as they none of them had turned 18, the minimum driving age. “We want them to be safe and hence don’t encourage such activities”, he added.
SSP (traffic) Maneesh Chaudhry said the police had been continuously urging parents not to allow their underage kids to drive any vehicle. “Street checkposts are regularly set up outside city schools to catch any minor found driving a car or riding a bike. We conduct interactive sessions on road safety with students. We’ve also asked parents not to let their underage children drive as it’s illegal besides being dangerous to themselves as well as others,” he added.