TAMIL NADU

Students riding to school should be desisted: IGP

Staff Reporter

Road Safety Patrol unit, comprising students, inaugurated

TIRUCHI: The school managements should make sure that their students do not ride two-wheelers to their educational institution, keeping in mind their safety, the Inspector General of Police, Central Zone, M.S. Jaffar Sait, said on Saturday.

Inaugurating a Road Safety Patrol (RSP) unit, comprising students of various city schools, at a function here, the Inspector General said some students had been riding two-wheelers to their schools even though they had not attained the age to drive such vehicles. Despite installation of automatic traffic signals and deployment of traffic police personnel, violations continue to be reported.

"They are created"

Noting that "accidents are created", Mr. Sait said that not only those who were involved in accidents get affected. but their family members as well. It was with the aim of curbing rule violations that the police had decided to install wireless dome cameras in 10 vital junctions in the city to monitor erring drivers.

Violations would be monitored through the camera and the challans to pay the fine would be sent to the address of vehicle owners, he said. After Chennai, the RSP unit was being introduced in Tiruchi, he said adding that the students who form part of the unit had been trained on various aspects relating to road safety and traffic rules.

A panel comprising the Traffic Warden would select a best RSP member every month and award them. Earlier, Mr. Sait released a booklet on traffic rules.

The Commissioner of Police, Shankar Jiwal, said that 450 students from 18 schools were members of the RSP. Getting involved in activities such as the RSP would enable students to be more disciplined and expose them to various aspects in life. From Monday, students would be involved in traffic regulation.

Collector Ashish Vachhani said that the RSP would go a long way in strengthening traffic management. It was the responsibility of the motorists to adhere to traffic rules. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) A. Kaliyamoorthy, Chief Traffic Warden, Tamil Nadu Police, R. Manoharan, and Deputy Chief Traffic Warden, Augustin Alby, spoke.