Traffic police reaches out to Pune youthNews — By The Desk on December 9, 2010 at 12:51 PM
Times of India: The city traffic police along with various NGOs, are now paying weekly visits to colleges and other educational institutions to help create awareness among the youth regarding road safety and traffic rules.
This month, the traffic officials and the representatives of various NGOs will be visiting nearly 30 colleges. The sessions with the students in the colleges lasts for over an hour.
Says DCP traffic Manoj Patil, “It is necessary to make the youth aware about the need for road safety. With the help of various NGOs in the city, we want to reach out to the youth.”
Appreciating the initiative, Prashant Inamdar of Pedestrians First who will be speaking during the sessions at colleges said, the awareness programme should be a continuous process. The youth would bring about the change that we want to see as regards traffic discipline and road safety, he said.
The traffic officials have also been visiting various schools.
The St Hilda’s school has acknowledged the efforts taken by the traffic officials. The school had organised a talk by traffic officials for students as well as their parents. The traffic officials asserted that traffic rules are meant to be observed not just by vehicle owners, but all road users.
The traffic branch’s initiative to involve citizens and getting their suggestions for improving traffic in the city through a social networking site has been a major success. In the last three weeks since it launched the Facebook page, there have been over 400 photographs and suggestions coming in from citizens.
While most of the photographs pertain to traffic violations, there are several youngsters and citizens who have been posting suggestions for improvement of traffic.
Incidentally, the number of users has reached up to 6,000. DCP traffic Manoj Patil even held a meeting of the users to discuss various traffic issues, particularly related to hefty parking charges levied at major commercial establishments.