Staff Reporter

SALEM: Awareness programmes on traffic rules and free eye camps were organised in various parts of the Salem district as a part of the 19th Road Safety Week celebrations, which began on January 1.

The transport officials distributed pamphlets to two-wheeler riders at several places and urged them to adhere to traffic rules. Emissions test was also conducted. Handbills carrying information on the need to reduce the level of motor vehicle pollution and environment protection were distributed to the general public, drivers and vehicle owners.

Free eye camps were held for vehicle users in Salem and Omalur on Thursday as a part of the celebrations.

A team of doctors screened the vehicle users and referred those who were found having eye defects for further treatment. The release said the department had planned to organise elocution and essay writing competitions for school students on road safety on January 4.

A seminar on traffic rules would also be conducted.

The department would conduct vehicle checks and initiate action against those who were using domestic liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) as fuel in the cars and other vehicles. Action would also be taken if vehicles were overloaded.

On January 6, a road safety campaign vehicle would visit various schools, colleges and bus stands in the district to crate awareness on traffic rules. On January 7, the transport officials in association with police and fire and rescue service personnel would carry out awareness programmes at various parts in the district.