In a bid to call out those found flouting traffic norms and raise public awareness on road rules, ‘The Edge’ – a group of young students Thursday kick started road safety campaign in North Kashmir’s Sopore in a unique way. Flowers and pens were gifted to commuters found following traffic rules.
The purpose of the road safety campaign is to create awareness among the people about road safety rules while driving, organisers said.
‘The Edge’ is a group of young writers, poets, musicians, singers story tellers and other artists who claim of connecting society with their artistic soul with a motive to socialize developing society and to vanish the negativity within the society
SSP Sopore Harmeet Singh Mehta, SDPO Sopore Mashkoor Zargar, DTI Traffic north, officials from ARTO’s office and other police officials attended the inaugural function of the road safety campaign. Students from SRM Welkin Sopore, Sanctorum Higher Secondary School Sopore, Muslim Educational Trust Sopore and students from Degree college Sopore also participated in the campaign and manned the roads with traffic police cops.
The campaign included road safety activities and instructions where the students, volunteers pleaded the motorists to follow road safety rules. The commuters were informed about importance of wearing the helmets, fastening of seat belts, driving within the prescribed speed limits and being attentive while driving.
The volunteers and students were deployed all over the bypass road Sopore with the aim to make motorists aware of road rules. Pens and flowers were gifted to motorists found following road rules in appreciation of their safe driving behaviour.
Samaniya Bhat, one of members of The Edge, said that the aim of this road campaign is to equip the people with the knowledge and skills, as they need to be safe on the roads.
“Information and education of road safety rules also plays an important role, the more informed and aware the citizens are about the consequences of carelessness or infringement of road rules, the fewer accident victims we have,” Samaniya said.
Muniba Elahi, another member of ‘The Edge’ said that we are hoping to change attitude and behaviour among drivers and motorists regarding their safety rules.
Shabaz Nawaz one of the organisers while thanking the police, traffic police, school authorities said that more such drives will be conducted in other towns of North Kashmir in coming days.