Traffic rules awareness rally conducted
IMPHAL | May 15
With a motive to reduce frequent road mishaps in the city, Rotary Club of Polo City Imphal in association with Traffic Control Wing, Imphal West jointly organised a traffic awareness programme today at Western Gate, Kangla.
Children staged a rally at the most congested area of the city. The rally was initiated from Western Gate of Kangla and ended in front of Governor’s Gate. In the rally, children displayed placards imprint with rules in connection with road safety to the commuters by standing at traffic island of NitiyaipatChuthek. Some of the placards reads “Slow down for a happy town”, “stop look and cross”, “always use sidewalks”, “keep your distance, safety will follow, be safe, drive smart”.
Speaking to media, one of the protestors, Sezel Jain said, road accidents have increased in the city for not following proper traffic rules and so is such awareness necessary to make people aware of the traffic rules and regulations as a driver and as a commuter.
President, Rotary Club of Polo City, Imphal, Pradip Meitram said it is important to know traffic rules with the increase of traffic volume and operational of traffic signal. Concerned with the increase of accident rates in the state, the awareness programme is being held. The support of public is highly needed unless there is no point of organising the programme, he added.
Deputy superintendent of police (traffic), K. Bijoy also citedthat thenumber of vehicles, both private and commercial vehicles,keeps increasing in the city on a daily basis. He also added that these vehicles knowingly or unknowingly do not follow traffic rules and so is the main reason for increase of such misadventures. People hardly co-operate with the traffic police, he added.
Mentioned may be made that traffic police are not fully empowered here in the state unlike traffic police of the other states in mainland India and this might be the reason people do not hesitate to break traffic rules. If sufficient power is given to traffic police like e-challan and other necessary equipment provided to the personnel, breaking of traffic rules could be reduced.
Bijoy further appealed to the public to co-operate with traffic police as they are the guides in avoiding road accidents.
In the rally, guardians of the children and youths also took initiatives to teach traffic rules to the juniors. The members of Rotary Club of Polo City, Imphal also distributed pamphlets of traffic rules and importance of zebras crossing to the commuters. People who follow traffic rules like who knows the importance of zebra crossing were given gifts to promote road safety driving.
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