If offering roses, conducting counselling sessions, slapping heavy fines and handing out warnings do not work, give keys to a thief or exercise peer pressure. This was the tactic adopted by the city police on Thursday.
The traffic police asked the violators of road rules to regulate traffic at a few important junctions for a while. The violators, mostly youths, donned the role of traffic police explaining to the motorists about traffic rules.
The youths stopped bike riders for jumping the signals or for not wearing helmet and so on. They explained to their peers that the rules were not to break but to follow. They would have to undergo a long session of counselling by the police if they were found violating the rules, the violators were cautioned. And, the story would not end there. The violators would have to take part in traffic regulation. “We are on roads controlling the traffic for violating the rules,” they told their brethren.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) M. Ravindranath Babu counselled about 150 two-wheeler users who were found violating the traffic rules on Wednesday. The police seized 507 vehicles from various locations in the city, and asked the users to attend the counselling at the women's police station. On the occasion, the DCP said that the move was primarily aimed at inculcating traffic discipline. There was no intention to put students or parents to hardship.
They knew the rules, but still continued to violate. To make them fall in line, counselling was conducted. Hereafter, vehicle users would have to face stringent action if found violating the rules, he cautioned.
The students that turned up for the counselling, however, grumbled that they were booked for pasting stickers of their favourite film stars or just for writing their names on their bikes.
ACP (Traffic) A. Venkata Ramana and others were present. They said that the cases were booked for using mobile phone while driving or for not wearing helmet. The police planned to make use of helmet compulsory from December onwards. Helmet was for the safety of a rider. Many fatal injuries and deaths could be averted if helmet was used, the police said.