Drive launched to create awareness among passengers on road safety

Panaji: With an aim to promote road safety and discipline, the Panaji traffic police have launched a special drive to create awareness among passengers of intra-state buses on issues of road safety.

The drive will be undertaken fortnightly with focus on
safety of passengers as well as adherence to traffic rules by bus drivers and
conductors. On Friday, the Panaji traffic police team led by its in-charge, PI
Brendan De Souza had an hour-long interaction with passengers at the KTC bus
stand in the city.

“Our idea is to bring about a change in road discipline
especially among passenger buses. Through this drive we intend to spread
awareness among passengers on road safety as well as the bus drivers and
conductors,” said De Souza, adding, “The drive will be helpful in the long run.”

Police during the drive on Friday randomly chose buses,
be it KTC or private and passengers, while boarding or those seated in the bus,
were distributed leaflets on road safety along with a booklet of traffic rules.

“We asked
passengers to report to police if the driver of the bus is overspeeding or
racing with another passenger bus,” said De Souza, adding, “Also in case the
driver is talking on the mobile phone while driving, if the door is open while
the bus is in motion, overcrowding and so on.” “If there is any traffic
violation, without any hesitation or fear inform it to the police on 112 or the
Panaji traffic cell. Necessary action will be initiated against the concerned
passenger bus driver/conductor,” De Souza told passengers in one of the buses.

This was done in the presence of bus driver and the
conductor, “as it will also make them cautious about road safety,” said De
Souza. “Be watchful”, De Souza, who has conceptualised the awareness drive,
told the passengers. Some passengers who were taken by surprise of such a drive
appreciated efforts of the police on road safety especially pertaining to
passenger buses.

De Souza said that he thought of conducting such a drive
owing to the issues related to overcrowding in buses, doors being kept open while
the bus is in motion and so on. “So we decided to go to the passengers directly
while they are boarding the bus and tell them to inform us if they notice any
violation. They can even record or click photo of the violation on their mobile
phone,” said De Souza.

Source:: The Navhind Times

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