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Road safety month begins in Noida

The month-long programme is aimed at sensitising people about rules and the maximum number of violators will be punished.

noida Updated: Nov 01, 2017 22:54 IST
Sohil Sehran
The initiative was launched by district police chief Love Kumar, who also flagged off a rally of school students and traffic policemen from his office in Sector 14-A.
The initiative was launched by district police chief Love Kumar, who also flagged off a rally of school students and traffic policemen from his office in Sector 14-A.(HT Photo)

Taking a step forward to generate awareness among people about traffic rules, the Gautam Budh Nagar police on Wednesday launched its road safety month. The road safety month is observed every year from November 1 to November 30.

The initiative was launched by district police chief Love Kumar, who also flagged off a rally of school students and traffic policemen from his office in Sector 14-A. The month-long programme is aimed at sensitising people about rules and the maximum number of violators will be punished.

In his address, Kumar told children they can play an important role in creating awareness among their family members and in the neighbourhood. He said such practices will prevent fatal accidents.

Shwetabh Pandey, Circle Officer ( Traffic), said the children were taken to Sector 71 intersection and were briefed about traffic violations. He said every day, children along with traffic personnel will create awareness among commuters and the personnel will fine erring commuters.

“The children will create awareness among people about their mistakes, so that they do not repeat them. It will have an impact on commuters. During this month, the number of violators being penalised will be higher in comparison to routine days, ” Pandey said.

The children will have a different theme every day to create awareness about the importance of wearing seat belt, about pedestrians using the zebra crossing, vehicles not jumping the stop line and the need to wear helmets. Children will be at the intersections holding placards about preventive steps that a commuter can take for his/her safety.

The Garud squad of the traffic police will remain active in the city and it has been directed to ensure the all paths are encroachment-free.

According to Noida traffic police data, around 400 people die in road accident every year in Gautam Budh Nagar district, while 700 receive injuries. It has also found that the majority of traffic violations committed from January to June this year were done by commuters on two-wheelers.

From January to June, as many as 37,923 commuters on two-wheelers were fined of the total 80,694 to be fined for traffic violations, according to figures released by the traffic department. Officials said that this was an increase from the 29,834 violations recorded in the same period in 2016.

Traffic officials said they compiled the data to work out strategies on ways to make city roads violation-free.