Traffic week: Attention diverted to helmets, women safety

With the message to spread awareness and safety, the UT Traffic Police inaugurated the Chandigarh Traffic Week at the Sector-17 plaza on Tuesday.

To mark Road Safety Awareness Day, a women two-wheeler safety helmet rally was organised. Deputy Superintendent of Police (traffic) Kamal Deep said, "Around 350 women participated in the women safety rally wearing safety helmets provided by the Chandigarh Traffic Police".

Alok Kumar, Deputy Inspector General flagged off the event from Neelam Cinema Sector 17. The rally passed through various sectors and markets of the city with women participants displaying slogans on road safety.

A painting competition on the theme 'Idiots on Roads' was also organised at the Plaza for students of government and private schools of Chandigarh. Around 525 students participated in the competition. P K Srivastava, Director General of Police, awarded the winners of the competition.

To create awareness about road safety among school children, Theatre Arts Chandigarh Group performed a street play on road safety, Sadak Hamare Baap Ki. The actors portrayed major issues like drunken driving, disadvantages of not wearing a helmet and consequences of rash-driving.

Traffic marshals and road safety organisations of the Tricity were appreciated for their efforts.

Among 31 traffic marshals who were honoured by the DGP, were two female marshalls. Leena Yashpal, the first woman traffic marshals said, "The traffic police alone cannot work miracles. They have to be supported by the residents of the Tricity.

Gurvinder Kaur, an IT professional, was given charge of traffic marshal on Tuesday. "I had once informed the police about an ambulance that was stuck in traffic and since then I have been associated with the Chandigarh Police".

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