The Telegraph
Friday , March 7 , 2014
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Road safety class for 75

Get street smart.

That was the message conveyed to around 75 students of 28 colleges on Thursday when NSS wing at Kolhan University and Tata Steel’s Safe Club organised a training on road safety at Graduate School College for Women.

The programme — Smart to be Safe — made the youngsters take a pledge to drive cautiously and contribute towards buffering accidents in the steel city. A safety CD with all basic traffic rules to avoid mishaps was also released at the programme.

“Though we have always had training as a part of the club’s activities, the accident graph has only gone north. The attitude of people needs to change. We spoke to the traffic department, but it cited manpower crunch. So, we will try to form a para-police force, which will try to fill the gap and make the city safer,” said Safe Club chairperson Ruchi Narendran.

The NSS has declared that it will observe 2014-15 as safety and disaster management year. The training was a part of that. These 75 students will go back to their colleges and train their peers.

“On February 24, we declared 2014-15 as safety and disaster management year. So, it is our duty to train students on road safety. The programme emphasises on change in attitude. Unless there is self-realisation, there can be no safe traffic rules. After the programme, students were asked to give their feedback and it portrayed that there were many who knew nothing of traffic rules,” said Sunit Kumar, NSS co-ordinator of Kolhan University, adding that there should be a separate module on behaviour change.

Students sounded bullish after the training.

“We now know that when we drive, we have to check the clutch and brake before setting out. There are also a few traffic signs we were completely unaware of and thus happily neglected those. The practice could have been dangerous. Now, we have learnt these and will convey the same to our friends,” said Abhijit Kumar of KS College, Seraikela.

Apart from Safe Club chairperson Narendran and NSS co-ordinator Kumar, club’s chief of safety and ergonomics V.N. Gaekwad and Graduate School College for Women principal Usha Shukla were also present at the event.