Police launched a no-honking campaign in association with 35 schools in the city on Tuesday.
The campaign will see greater participation from schools to spread awareness. Honkers in silence zones will be prosecuted, a traffic police officer said.
The city police have prosecuted 1,07,036 people for honking near educational institutes and hospitals, which fall in silence zones, in the past eight months.
On Tuesday, till afternoon, 869 people were prosecuted.
“I am a happy person today…. I am from La Martiniere (for Boys) Lucknow. It gives me immense pleasure to stand in front of students of my alma mater and talk about the no-honking campaign,” Anuj Sharma, city police commissioner, said while addressing students of the La Martiniere schools.
Road rage and mindless honking are common in Calcutta where the road space is 6 per cent — the lowest among the metros in the country.
“This is the problem. People keep honking even when traffic is moving. Some are rude, some in a hurry, but the most important thing is most are not aware,” Sharma said.
The police will look into the prosecution part and expect school and educational institutes to create awareness against honking, he said.
La Martiniere for Girls plans to deploy more students on roads for the campaign from February. At present, students of classes VIII to X hold no-honking placards outside the school on Rawdon Street every morning and on some other roads on select days.
The number of students will be increased to 20 from 10, principal Rupkatha Sarkar said. “We plan to cover more areas from February.”
The school also plans to conduct a workshop for drivers who bring children to the school to sensitise them against honking.
Source: The Telegraph