Students of St. Theresa’s School engage in the novel exercise
MANGALORE: Road users near Bendoor Circle were surprised on Thursday to see schoolchildren control traffic, albeit under the supervision of the Traffic police.
Students of St. Theresa’s School, clad in uniforms and donning hats, held up “stop” or “go” signals and managed the traffic for about half an hour.
They also attempted to create awareness among the people and urged them to drive safely lest they endangered themselves and others.
The occasion was a Road Safety Patrol organised by the Parent-Teacher Association of the St. Theresa’s School, in collaboration with the city’s traffic police, outside the school premises.
The students, teachers and parents got together for a stage function in the school later in the day. Inspector-General of Police (Western Range) A.M. Prasad, who inaugurated the event, appreciated the idea of involving schoolchildren in traffic management. He said this would enhance the knowledge of traffic among students, help them to learn road regulations and to teach others. Mr. Prasad added that good traffic sense was an asset and riders could be made aware of the rules only through education.
Mr. Prasad said that this was just an initial step in traffic management; this exercise would expand to other schools also.
A similar programme had gained popularity in Mumbai, he added. Every year, the Police Department spends huge amount of money on traffic signals and maintenance. Last year’s expense stood at Rs. 50 lakh, said Mr. Prasad.
Cedric D’Souza, President of the Parent-Teacher Association, G.V. Subramanya, Traffic Inspector and Rose Margaret, principal of the St. Theresa’s School were those who were present at the event.