Students studying ninth standard and Plus One bagged prizes in essay contest on road safety here on Thursday.

As part of the 24th Road Safety Week, being observed from January 1 to 7, Transport Department officials and Madurai City Traffic police have been organising awareness programmes, and blood donation and eye screening camps.

Five students of the SBOA School, Nagamalai Pudukottai, who participated in essay writing competitions, were selected for best presentation.

Besides, there was a quiz contest on road signs, signals and about the importance of wearing helmets at an interactive session. Ten students were given prizes on the spot for correct answers. Deputy Commissioner (Transport) Balan, RTO (South) K. Natarajan, Assistant Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Yellapparaj presented the prizes.

Mr. Natarajan said that Motor Vehicles Inspectors explained the need for wearing helmets and seat belts, on where to cross a road, on the different colours in a traffic signal – red, amber and green — and their importance.

The students were also told about the danger of travelling on footboard, driving vehicles without valid licence, the mandatory space to be given between one vehicle and another on National Highways.

Ten students given prizes on the spot for correct answers