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Red roses for rogue drivers

Bokaro, Jan. 11: Children with roses and garlands came out on the streets of Bokaro to spread awareness among commuters on traffic rules.

In view of the increasing number of road accidents that claimed more than 200 lives in the steel town in 2013, Bokaro SP Kuldip Dwivedi launched the Traffic Safety Week in true “Gandhigir’ style” at Naya More today.

More than 50 students of Guru Govind Singh Public High School, Bokaro, with disarming smiles on their faces confronted bikers with garlands and requested them to wear helmets and drivers to put on safety belts.

“The safety week will highlight how deaths and injuries are caused when rules are flouted. Fines often fail to discipline violators, so we have roped in schoolchildren to convince people,” said Dwivedi.

Caught unawares, biker Arun Kumar Mahto said sheepishly: “I will never forget this incident and remember to follow traffic rules religiously.”

“Children will make a better impact on violators. After the week-long drive, red roses will replace angry eyes of gun-totting policemen. Fines will be slapped on violators,” said Bokaro traffic DSP R.K. Singh.

According to Singh, Rs 1.65 lakh was collected in December 2013 as fine from those who flouted traffic rules.