Road safety for young minds

Transport departments initiative to create traffic awareness

Under the initiative, Garden City College students and students of Mother Theresa School were distributed booklets at programmes on ‘Adolescents and Road Safety’ on a pilot basis.

Explaining the initiative, the Commissioner for Transport and Road Safety, Bhaskar Rao said, “The plan is to target 1.5 lakh schoolchildren studying in 3rd standard to 5th standard and an equal number of Pre-University Colleges across the State by March 31, 2010. The idea is to inculcate a sense of discipline to follow road signs and be aware of basic road safety issues.”

The commissioner added that inculcating importance of road safety for young minds will, in the long run, create quality drivers who value safety aspects on the road.

Private players involved
To make the initiative a success, the Transport Department has roped in Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) and Shell to fund the project as part of their ‘Corporate Social Responsibility’ wherein private players involved directly or indirectly with the Transport sector, contribute funds for key road safety initiatives.

However, the onus on supporting the initiative and providing much needed road and traffic sign boards on highways will also have to be shared by other stakeholders, viz the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Public Works Department (PWD), Karnataka Road Development Corporation Limited (KRDCL) and the Bangalore City Traffic Police through the B-TRAC 2010 initiative, said senior officials from the Transport Department.

Prepared by the State Transport Department, the booklet has all traffic signs enumerated in the schedule of the Motor Vehicle Act - 1988 and displays Mandatory, Cautionary and Informatory signs to be followed by all motorists.

In addition to these, Do’s and Dont’s, Duty of Drivers, chapter 2 of the Central Motor Vehicle Act -1988 that pertains to licensing of driving of motor vehicles, learner’s license (CMV Rules 1989), Eleventh Schedule (Hand Signals) and Appendix 2 - Rules of Road Regulation, 1989 are provided in it.

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