In an initiative to make children aware of their responsibilities, kids aged between 11 and 16 helped traffic cops identify those violating traffic rules and intercepted their vehicles on various crossings of New Gurgaon.
The children helped penalise 698 commuters out of which most of the traffic rules violations involved driving “Without Seat Belt” and “Without Helmets”.
This initiative was part of the third day of a 5-day summer camp where students from different schools and NGOs of the city participated.
The kids were placed on 8 different intersections in the city. Each intersection had a batch of five kids who helped the traffic police constables issue challans and educate the offenders about the rules. The most number of challans were issued at the Huda City Center crossing.
“The idea was simple, the kids were made to issue challans and the offenders would be given a briefing about the traffic rules by the kids.
This way, both the traffic offender and the participating kids were made aware of their responsibilities and rules. There were times when the offenders got miffed by the fact that they were being challaned by kids, but we would just push the kid forward and let them do the explanation,” ACP (traffic), Ashok Bakshi said.
Apart from issuing challans, the kids were given classes on road safety and self defence.
Divya, one of the participants, said, “This (challaning) was an entirely new experience for me. Most of the commuters obliged and paid the challans. We explained the rules and regulations to the traffic offenders.”