The Kapurthala police on Tuesday presented red roses to motorists found violating traffic rules instead of issuing challans on the occasion of the New Year.
While traffic police usually issue challans to traffic rule violators, they chose Gandhigiri on the city roads to discipline the violators at least for day.
More than 1,200 roses were distributed among the motorists.
Manish Kumar, a motorist, said he was scared when the police signalled him to stop.
“I was shocked when one of the policemen offered me a rose and asked to wear helmet next time. It was my fault and I won’t repeat it again,” he said.
Jang Bahadur Sharma, in-charge traffic police and police control room (PCR), said this was done to convey to people that police should be seen as a friend.
“We got a good response from commuters and residents,” he said. The aim of the campaign was to ensure friendly relations with the public and spread awareness about traffic norms such as wearing seat belt, over-speeding, driving without helmet and using phone while driving.