A lengthy message on road safety

IT WAS a unique way of creating road safety awareness among the public. Children lined up along the road, from Parry's Corner to Adyar, holding a ten-kilometre banner displaying messages on road safety.

The programme, organised by the city traffic police in association with the international association of Lions Club, began around 9.15 a.m. on Saturday with participation of more than 2,000 children from various city schools, including members of the Road Safety Patrol (RSP).

The banner - bearing messages on over speeding, use of helmets, and avoiding use of cell phones while driving - was brought to the venue in separate bundles, stretching 1 kilometre each. They were later stitched together at the spot.

However in junctions such as War Memorial and Greenways Road, it had to be rolled across the road to prevent obstruction to vehicular movement.

"We intended the banner as an innovative method to catch the eye of the people," said G.U.G. Sastry, Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic).

Incidentally, displaying messages on the banner was also intended to create a new record in the Limca Book of Records for the `Longest Banner Display'.

"The record, once issued, will be jointly held by the RSP and the Lions Club," said Mr. Sastry.

Road Safety Patrol is a unit of the city traffic police that prepares school children to become knowledgeable in road safety rules.

It works under the guidance of Tamil Nadu Police Traffic Wardens Organisation.

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