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Soon, a sticker to publicly shame you for breaking traffic rules

While many have welcomed the move, some Facebook users have also raised concerns about it.

dehradun Updated: Feb 15, 2018 21:48 IST
Mukesh Rawat
Mukesh Rawat
Hindustan Times, Dehradun
Uttarakhand news,traffic rules,violator
The sticker is specially designed to shame rule breakers publicly, through the words ‘shameless traffic violator’. (HT Photo)

The next time you break a traffic rule in Uttarakhand, beware that your vehicle might end up getting a sticker from the Uttarakhand traffic personnel. This sticker is specially designed to shame rule breakers publicly, through the words ‘shameless traffic violator’.

To curb traffic violations, the department is mulling over introducing a ‘besharmi’ sticker that will be pasted on those vehicles that are found violating traffic rules. Besides the tag of ‘besharm’ (shameless), the sticker also reads ‘Niyam todta nalayak’ (the unworthy fellow breaks rules).

“This is part of our efforts to spread awareness about traffic rules. The idea is to make the traffic rule violator feel guilty about the act. The sticker will be instrumental in shaming such people and act as a deterrent,” said Kewal Khurana, DIG (Traffic).

He added that the department has not yet finalised the text and has released a tentative design to seek feedback from public.

“We have uploaded a photograph of the sticker on our Facebook page. It has garnered more than 2,600 likes, shared by 180 and commented upon by nearly 150 people within one day. Around 95% of the responders have welcomed the move,” he said.

While many have welcomed the move, some Facebook users have also raised concerns about it.

“Who will be responsible if anyone feels mentally harassed after being shamed publicly and takes a drastic step?” asked Shah Alam, a Facebook user.

Prakash Chandra Pant suggested that instead of shaming people in this manner, the department should focus on spreading awareness and educating people.

Sandeep Jandhari asked if this will be implemented impartially. “It is a good move. But will all be treated equally? What if police vehicles themselves are caught violating traffic rules, will they also get this sticker?”

Responding to these queries, Khurana said, “Once the sticker is finalised, all vehicles found violating rules will get this sticker. Some people have suggested that we should organise awareness programmes. We are already working on that. We have also started rewarding Good Samaritans and those who are working towards making the roads safer.”

Initially, the stickers will be introduced in Dehradun district and later in other districts of the state.

First Published: Feb 15, 2018 21:47 IST