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Cops strive to make citizens more aware of rules

- Documentary on traffic-rule awareness shot in city, to be screened during road safety week

Bhubaneswar, Dec. 25: This morning, when traffic policemen at Hospital Square signalled a four-wheeler with illegal tinted glass windows to stop, the driver didn’t stop and sped off towards AG Square.

But policemen deployed at AG Square didn’t let it flee and stopped the vehicle. When they opened the doors, they found two men and a woman seated with pistols in their hands.

The cops immediately took them in custody.

Meanwhile, a female traffic constable, instead of penalising, offered a red rose to a motorcycle-rider who was not using a helmet. The policewoman explained to the rider the benefits of wearing a headgear while driving and made him promise to wear it next time.

While onlookers were shocked to witness both the incidents, a camera was silently capturing the scenes for a documentary film on traffic-rule awareness that would be screened during the road safety awareness week to be observed in the city next month.

The film will educate people about various rules and regulations of road safety and explain to them the reasons behind the rules.

“This documentary will help make people aware about traffic rules. Most riders are unaware about the road-safety norms and this causes accidents that result in the loss of life and property,” said assistant commissioner of police, traffic, Binod Das.

Apart from the documentary film, the students of a public school have recorded a song on road safety, which would be released during the awareness week. Besides, there would be a temporary traffic park behind the traffic police station at AG Square for nearly a month to educate children about traffic norms.

Artistes from the Odia film and television industry and nationally and internationally acclaimed sports personalities would inform people about traffic norms during the week-long road event in the first week of January.

The traffic police wing of the Cuttack-Bhubaneswar police, along with voluntary organisations working on road safety and other stakeholders associated with such activities, would educate people about the safety norms while driving.

Traffic police officials said that these awareness campaigns would help people understand the rules and they would abide by the regulations.

The police said that in certain cases, lack of knowledge about traffic norms among the public has created problems for law enforcement agencies in the past.

“We are planning to screen these documentary films on road safety in cinemas during intervals and prior to the start of the shows. This will help educate youngsters about road safety,” said a senior police officer.

Among other initiatives, the traffic police have already declared two busy squares — AG Square and Nalco Square — as zero tolerance zones, where offenders are shown no leniency.