They play a crucial role in crowd management, regulation
The hardly one-year-old traffic warden system in Hosur in Krishnagiri district was already a success story and the police in West Zone were embarking on a mission to replicate the initiative in all the other districts, namely, Dharmapuri, Salem Rural, Namakkal, Erode, Tirupur, Coimbatore Rural and the Nilgiris.
Talking to The Hindu , the Inspector-General of Police, West Zone, K. Vanniya Perumal said that the Hosur Traffic Wardens Organisation had become a role model for other districts to follow. There was a voluntary participation of people to complement the efforts of the police in regulating traffic and reducing accidents. With the extension of such help, the police could spend their time and energy on road rule enforcement, crime prevention and detection, recovery of stolen property and maintenance of law and order, he said.
Traffic wardens played a crucial role in crowd management and regulation during festivals and shopping seasons, he added.
Tirupur District Superintendent of Police V. Balakrishnan has already taken up the Hosur model and the district now has 75 traffic wardens. Superintendent of Police, Krishnagiri District, N. Kannan said that traffic wardens came from the public and wore no uniform, providing their services without taking any remuneration.
Any member of the public, with a sense of social responsibility, could become a member of the traffic wardens organisations and spare their leisure hours to regulate traffic.
Ramya Bharati, Assistant Superintendent of Police, Hosur sub-division in Krishnagiri, said that the organisation was launched in 2010 with industries encouraging its employees to help police in traffic regulation, especially at the start and finish of work shifts when there is a large movement of workers.
The effort began on a small scale and soon gathered momentum during the last year. Now over 120 members rendered yeomen service in Hosur. For industries such as Titan, Ashok Leyland and TVS, it was part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and for traffic wardens, it was an opportunity to display their social responsibility, she added.
Ms.Bharati welcomed more service-minded people to become part of a movement aimed at making roads safer for motorists.
Enrolment of persons for the post of traffic wardens was done after verifying the antecedents of the applicant. They should not have any political affiliation. The wardens on enrolment would be given a month's training before being posted.
Hosur has 120 traffic wardens, Tirupur 75 followed by 17 in Erode and 11 in Coimbatore.
Mr.Vanniya Perumal has asked the Superintendents of Police to strengthen the traffic wardens system to ensure better traffic regulation during peak hours and to bring down the accidents.