Po­lice to con­duct road safety sem­i­nars in schools, col­leges

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

To re­duce ac­ci­dents and make city roads safer, the Navi Mum­bai traf­fic depart­ment will con­duct classes in schools and col­leges dur­ing this aca­demic year.

Though the depart­ment has con­ducted sem­i­nars, work­shops and demon­stra­tions in schools and col­leges in the pre­vi­ous years, these were held only dur­ing road safety week.

This is the first time classes will be held through­out the year in ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tutes. The de­ci­sion was prompted by the in­creas­ing num­ber of ac­ci­dents in the city,

Arvind Salve, deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (traf­fic) said the vol­un­teers of a non­govern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tion (NGO) will help them im­ple­ment the pro­gramme.

He said, “Lack of aware­ness is one of the big­gest prob­lems. A ma­jor­ity of the vi­o­la­tors are young bik­ers and mo­torists. It is there­fore im­por­tant to in­still a sense of re­spon­si­bil­ity in them.”

Ac­cord­ing to Salve, around 75% of Navi Mum­bai ac­ci­dent vic­tims are pedes­tri­ans and bik­ers. “Even ed­u­cated peo­ple vi­o­late traf­fic norms. Hun­dreds of em­ploy­ees of a pri­vate com­pany il­le­gally cross the Thane-Be­la­pur road from the Airoli rail­way sta­tion ev­ery day. They do not use the sky­walk,” he said.

“We have asked our of­fi­cials to take strict puni­tive mea­sures when they find peo­ple vi­o­lat­ing the traf­fic norms,” he added.

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