WITH the aim to inculcate basic traffic etiquette in residents, the traffic control branch of Pune police will organise a Traffic Awareness Day on October 6. As a part of the campaign, traffic police aim to form a 100-kilometre-long human chain on the city roads as a symbolic gesture.
The day is mainly aimed at spreading awareness about road safety norms and basic rules like halting before the Zebra Crossing at traffic signals, following the traffic signals, avoiding unnecessary honking, use of helmets and seat belts and giving priority to ambulances on the streets.
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Every year, Pune witnesses 380 to 400 accidental deaths and many more mishaps that give permanent disabilities to people. Deputy commissioner of police (Traffic) Pravin Mundhe said, “With guidance from the commissioner of police and the joint commissioner of police, we have decided to organise an extensive traffic awareness drive across the city. Along with Pune city police, Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad municipal corporations, Regional Transport Offices from Pune and PCMC, various social and educational institutions will be part of this initiative.”
Along with a 100-kilometre-long human chain, 10 lakh stickers, 50,000 flags and 1,000 banners will be put up in various parts of the city. “On the morning of October 6, we appeal citizens to gather on the nearest street to form human chains at 9 am and take a pledge of traffic safety,” said Mundhe.
The programme for the day will be as follows: Between 9 and 9.30 am, citizens are requested to gather on the streets. Between 9.30 and 10 am, citizens will be given information about traffic rules. Between 10 and 10.30 am, streets plays will be performed and flags and stickers will be distributed. People will form a human chain between 10.30 am and 11 am and a pledge will be taken.