Use foot-overbridge,win Rs 5,000: Cops to reward pedestrians

This is the prize money on offer for the users of foot-overbridges across the Capital.

Written by Ananya Bhardwaj | New Delhi | Published: February 16, 2012 4:13:15 am

Jaywalking could cost you a chance to win a reward of Rs 5,000. This is the prize money on offer for the users of foot-overbridges across the Capital.

The Delhi Traffic Police,buoyed by the response to a similar initiative,are once again offering coupons to those using certain foot-overbridges in the city. The coupons will then go in for a lucky draw and the winner will receive Rs 5,000.

The first drive was launched on January 1,as part of Road Safety Week,and 19,998 coupons were distributed to pedestrians during the peak hours.

Starting Thursday,traffic personnel at specific locations will be distributing the lucky draw coupons. The drive will continue till February 22.

Police have refused to identify the locations as they fear “it will defeat the purpose” of the drive.

“We will not disclose the names of the FOBs where the coupons will be distributed as it will defeat the whole purpose of the scheme. People will then come to the area just for the coupons,which is not the purpose. The main aim is to push for the usage of FOB’s by pedestrians,” said Satyendra Garg,Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic).

This time,personnel will also collect contact details of those who are handed the coupons. The move is aimed at ensuring the winner receives the prize money.

“The pedestrian who won the draw last time has still not come to claim the prize money. Last time,we did not take down the phone number and other details of pedestrians so we were not able to contact the winner. This time it will be more organised,” Garg said.

The last drive was held outside the Income Tax Office near Pragati Maidan and in Anand Vihar. “We received a huge response the last time we took the initiative,so we wish to keep up the effort. We have identified two locations — one each in Central and South Delhi areas. Coupons will be distributed in these areas during peak hours,” said Garg.

If nothing else,the prize money would encourage the pedestrians to obey road safety rules,he said. Police are also planning to make the scheme a monthly affair.

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