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Safety first: Collector M. Vallalar addressing a rad safety awareness programme for Principals and Headmasters in Dindigul on Wednesday.
Safety first: Collector M. Vallalar addressing a rad safety awareness programme for Principals and Headmasters in Dindigul on Wednesday.

Staff Reporter

In creating awareness of road safety

DINDIGUL: Role of teachers in creating awareness on road safety is very essential as they not only create responsible citizens but also aid in forming a good society. Awareness on road safety will scale down road accidents.

These were highlighted at a special road safety awareness programme for principals and headmasters of government, matriculation and private schools in the district here on Wednesday.

Collector M. Vallalar, in his inaugural address, said physical education teachers in schools could monitor over the crowded vans and autorickshaws and inform the district administration for immediate action. Stern action would be initiated against those operators, he assured.

In his special address, Superintendent of Police R. Chinnasamy said teachers alone could save both students and society. “If you inculcate good values into students, you create a good generation and there is no work for police.”

“Unfortunately, we have offered education and knowledge, potent weapons, but failed to teach them how to use them. If you tell the students to use knowledge for good purpose, police have no work at all. Three Es – Engineering, Education and Enforcement – were important to ramp down accidents. Accidents wiped out human resources in large scale more than AIDS. Prevention could be done only by teachers. Others did only post mortem,” he added.

Approximately 250 accidents took place every month in the district of which 30 to 35 were fatal.

School authorities should educate school bus and van drivers to drive carefully and take care of the children travelling in their vehicles, said Brake Inspector Dharmanandhan.

Chief Education Officer L. Lakshmikanthen took part in the programme.

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