Sunday, April 11

Taxi drivers, bikers and corporate execs get safety tips from cops

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It was an unusual test drive for a group of 45 odd motorists — from taxi drivers and bikers to corporate executives — where cops made the riders use a segway to understand the importance of lane driving.

The move — ‘Learn with Fun’ — was an initiative by officials of Kasba Traffic Guard as part of the ‘Safe Drive Save Life’ campaign and Road Safety Week organised at Geetanjali stadium.

“We brought together a number of motorists with an aim to encourage them to follow traffic rules diligently and spread the message among fellow motorists. We wanted to do this in an adventurous and engaging manner and came up with a game,” said a senior officer of the traffic guard.

The officer added: “The motorists were to ride a segway on a 10m lane. They gained points for staying within the lane and stopping at the centre of the yellow box at the end. The participants lost points when they crossed the stop line or drove outside it.”

Stop line violation, failure to maintain lanes, signal violation, speeding, unnecessary honking are predominant in the city and the cops said the move was aimed at setting an example that if one has the will, they can create safer road conditions for themselves, other motorists and pedestrians.

“It was a fun experience that made me realise that maintaining lanes and following traffic signals and signs are not very difficult and are eventually going to help me drive smoothly,” said Mahesh Kumar, who works at a private firm and drives four- and two-wheelers to and from the office.

The traffic guard later organised a beat boxing and flash mob activity on Rashbehari Avenue connector to spread the traffic safety awareness campaign.


Source: Times of India

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