| A biker (extreme right) crosses the reflector line at Dakbungalow Chowk in Patna on Monday. Picture by Nagendra Kumar Singh |
Big, prominently placed and in the face. That’s how police have planned to display hoardings to educate the public on traffic signage in the city’s thoroughfares and major roundabouts.
The motive would be to draw the attention of commuters towards the hoardings and explain the purpose of different signage such as zebra crossings.
Officers at the Patna traffic police wing told The Telegraph that such hoardings would come up at Kotwali T Junction and the Bailey Road area as part of the launch. Recent introduction of traffic signage has confused commuters and has thereby evoked poor response.
Elucidating the objective of the project, a police officer said: “We fixed road reflectors ahead of zebra crossings to signal drivers to stop behind those at a traffic signal. But the move was hardly successful. Most drivers have no idea what zebra crossings are for, they tend to cross over or halt on the stripped area. Pedestrians are no better. They never use zebra crossings and prefer jaywalking, thus increasing chances of mishaps. We are trying to enforce the rules but it’s hard.”
The officer added that two large hoardings, carrying all traffic-related signage, would be displayed as part of the launch project shortly.
“The huge hoardings should be easily visible to any commuter. The traffic signage would carry related pictures, which people must know. Drivers are expected to memorise all signs while appearing for the test to procure a driving licence. The signs, for example, include zebra crossing, school ahead, no horn, sharp or blind turn ahead among others. The police expect all drivers to know the signage and remember those whenever on road,” said the officer.
“Hoardings would come up, one each at the Kotwali T Junction and at a spot on Bailey Road. The hoardings are being manufactured. Roundabouts such as Dakbungalow, Income Tax, Hartali Mor and others would have the hoardings thereafter,” added the officer.
Sources said the next phase of the plan would be to have these signs in areas where they are needed. “Though the signage are present in some places, more are needed. And they should stand out for all to see. If there is a sharp or blind turn at any place, the sign must be displayed nearby in the form of a glowing board for easy visibility even at night. But before that, the police want people to know about those through the hoardings,” said another police officer.