Gurgaon: Over 1,000 traffic violators get rakhis instead of challans
The objective was to use the occasion of Rakshabandhan for raising awareness among road users about traffic safety rules.gurgaon Updated: Aug 08, 2017 10:21 IST
Traffic violators got a pleasant surprise on Monday when instead of getting a challan issued against their name, women police officials tied rakhis on their hands and made them pledge to follow traffic rules, wear seat belts and put on helmets.
Over a 1,000 violators had rakhis tied on their wrists between 10am and 1.30pm on Monday morning as part of the special campaign launched by the Gurgaon police and Road Safety Organisation.
The objective was to use the occasion of Rakshabandhan for raising awareness among road users about traffic safety rules.
The event was kicked off by Gurgaon police commissioner Sandeep Khirwar along with DCP traffic Simardeep Singh at 10 am at Mahavir Chowk near Sadar Bazar, Gurgaon. Similar drives were held at 10 other spots that usually see the maximum number of traffic violations.
These spots are Sector 4/7 exit, Huda City Centre, Jharsa chowk, Kherki Daula toll, Mahavir chowk, Kataria chowk, Sethi chowk, Pataudi chowk, Basai chowk, and Vatika chowk on Sohna Road.
According to the police, the maximum number of violations were recorded at Mahavir Chowk, Vatika chowk and Sethi chowk. Most of the people were caught for riding their two-wheelers without helmets or driving cars without seat belts. A number of users were also caught using mobile phones and they were asked to take a pledge to follow traffic rules.
“The violators were pleasantly surprised by the gesture of tying rakhis on them and they promised to follow rules in the future. Many of them insisted on giving money to the policewomen as it was a traditional custom to offer a gifts or money to a sister on Raskhabandhan,” said Raj Kumar, road safety officer, who organised the event in collaboration with Gurgaon police.
Two nukkad nataks (street plays) were also organised on the occasion to make people aware of traffic rules. The plays emphasised on avoiding the use of mobile phones while driving, wearing seat belts, giving way to ambulances and refraining from drink driving.
Appreciating the initiative, Khirwar said it is important to spread the awareness on traffic rules and women safety.
“We brought these two issues together and thought that on this day (Rakhshabandhan) we will not penalise violators and instead spread awareness and educate them in a loving manner,” he said.
The city’s traffic police chief Simardeep Singh said the focus on Monday was to educate road users with a smile as enforcement is a daily exercise. “The objective was to make people aware about road safety issues with a smile and it proved to be a nice experiment,” Singh said.