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From cadets to traffic minders

Fresh and young hands will ensure safer roads this Puja.

In an attempt to rein in rogue drivers and effective management of traffic, the East Singhbhum traffic department, National Service Scheme (NSS) and SAFE (Safety Awareness For Everyone) Club have come together to organise training for 100 would-be traffic volunteers.

While 32 students, all NSS cadets from different colleges across the steel city, attended the session at Traffic Training School in Burmamines on Friday, the rest will get their lessons soon. The young volunteers will spread road safety awareness and assist traffic inspectors during festivals.

District traffic DSP Rakesh Mohan Sinha, NSS co-ordinator of Kolhan University Sunit Kumar, and Vandana Sunder of SAFE Club were present during the Friday classes.

“I can vouch that not even 20 per cent of the drivers know how to read the traffic signs. Today’s event was more like an informal training. There has been a steep rise in road accidents and many of those have proved to be fatal. This is the way to make students aware. They will spread the message and help us in times of need,” said Sinha.

On Friday, the students learnt about traffic signals, importance of wearing seat belts and helmets and how to manage traffic through manual signs. They were also taught about various sections of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988.

The cadets came to know that driving without licence can cost the driver a fine of Rs 500, while a penalty of up to Rs 5,000 could be slapped on driving without registration book.

A brochure on traffic guidelines and Motor Vehicle Act was also released and distributed among the students that will act as a guidebook when they come out on roads to assist the policemen.

The theory classes, which were over a couple of months ago at The Graduate School College for Women, were more of a general discussion on traffic norms.

According to data available with the traffic department, Jamshedpur witnessed 424 accidents in 2012 of which 173 were fatal. Last year, there were a total of 348 accidents, claiming 150 lives. Fortunately, this year has been better with only 50 deaths till June 14.

The students were very impressed. “It was like attending a class in college. We never knew that a session on traffic safety could be so interesting. We will follow the traffic rules and I think we should spread awareness to avoid fatal accidents,” said Barun Kumar, a third-year student from ABM College.

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