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Children become ‘policemen’ at home

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Uyir ropes in to be carriers of road safety awareness in their families

Road safety initiative Uyir on Monday launched Kutty cops wherein school students were roped in to be carriers of road safety awareness in their families. As of now, students from 40 schools in the district are part of the initiative, the motto of which is ‘every school student is a policeman at home’.

Kutty Cops, who will be trained on road safety aspects, will get an oath and promise from elders at their houses that they wear helmet, fasten seatbelt, avoid rash driving, do not violate traffic signals and do not use mobile phone while driving. They will also promote usage of helmets for children as many children die in accidents involving two-wheelers.

“The central philosophy of Uyir is that rather than blaming anybody, it is everybody’s responsibility to make our roads safe. If people are safe on the roads, roads will also be safe. Every house cannot have a policeman but every home has children. If children become the policeman at home, and parents have enforcement from their children, then adopting road safety measures will be voluntary and complete”, said S. Rajasekaran of Ganga Hospital, managing trustee of Uyir.

Coimbatore Corporation Commissioner J. Sravan Kumar launched Kutty cops in the presence of P. Perumal, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime, Traffic in-charge), Coimbatore City and N. Geetha, District Educational Officer, Coimbatore educational district.

Schools that are part of the initiative will have faculties who are dedicated to the project wherein school children will be divided into two batches – class III to V and class VI to VIII. Uyir will give a booklet to the schools which has a list of activities of the interest to the children which will be conducted throughout the year.

They will be sensitised on traffic rules, the problem of road traffic accidents, the results of accidents and how they affect families. Campus activities are also part of the initiative to ensure that all parents and elders who pick up and drop children follow traffic rules.

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