The Jaipur police held a meeting with school managements and other stakeholders on Saturday to ensure safety of school-going children.
The meeting – held a few days after a five-year-old girl was crushed under a crane when she was going to school with her father -- aimed to emphasise the role of schools for children’s safety.
“It has been decided that a campaign against underage driving will be initiated by the police to curb accidents. Schools and parents will have to work with the police in this campaign,” commissioner of police Sanjay Agarwal told HT.
Principals from around 90 schools were present at the meeting, which also had representatives of the Jaipur Development Authority, transport department and regional transport office.
Agarwal said CCTV cameras would be installed in each school. “Road-facing CCTV cameras will be installed and at any point of time, someone from the school will be monitoring the footage. The school staff should also have information on those travelling in public transports and private vehicles.”
The commissioner said traffic management committees will be constituted in each school, in which teachers and senior students will play an active role. The committee members will help in managing traffic inside school premises.
Deputy commissioner of police (traffic) Haider Ali Zaidi spoke about the importance of awareness about road safety rules, SMS alerts from the traffic police and parking spots in the city.
Agarwal said breathalysers will be sent to schools to check cases of drink driving and the police will check drivers who ferry children to schools.
“The RTO will check whether the vehicles ferrying kids have valid permits and drivers have licences,” he said.
Transport deputy commissioner Nidhi Singh spoke about the initiatives for road safety.
A similar meeting will be held next week in which a committee will be formed to frame rules to enhance road safety for children.