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College-goers, club to curb speed
- Safety outfit with network in 70 schools now woos older students to stop rash driving

After covering 70 schools, SAFE (Safety Awareness for Everyone) Club has decided to set foot in city colleges in a big way to drill sense into reckless speedsters.

Rash driving is normally seen in those between the ages of 17 and 25 years, with college students and young professionals forming the bulk.

College students were the target audience for SAFE Club’s road safety awareness meet at Michael John Auditorium, Bistupur, on Friday.

“Some like Jamshedpur Women’s College, Graduate School College for Women and Tinplate Mahila College are in the Safe Club network. But awareness has to be on a larger scale, so we invited other colleges. I am glad everybody cooperated,” said Chandra Sharan, convener of Safe Club.

Students and faculty members from Karim City College, Jamshedpur Worker’s College, LBSM College and Jamshedpur Cooperative College attended the Friday event.

The NSS (National Service Scheme) coordinator of Kolhan University, Suneet Kumar, also attended the meet.

The NSS, which spearheads social causes in colleges, will also take up road safety awareness programmes. “The NSS in colleges will be happy to join hands with Safe Club. We at the NSS are dedicated to social service. Road safety will be one of the most practical campaigns for us to chip in with our efforts,” said Kumar.

O.B. Krishna, chief corporate safety and health, Tata Steel, also attended the event.

Recently, KMPM Vocational College also launched its chapter of the Safe Club.

For schools, Safe Club has been a campus friend since 2004. The club hosts awareness meets, film screenings and creative safety contests in schools to curb rash driving.

The Club has also published a road safety manual in English, which has been distributed in schools.

“We are gradually getting help from the district administration. East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Himani Pande has asked us for the Hindi translation of the road safety manual,” added Sharan.