School students walk for road safety

Children from a school on Bannerghatta road and CMCA volunteers walked to create. Here is a report on the activity.

Traffic Warden talks about road safety at Sherwood High School (pic: CMCA)

Nearly 130 students from classes 2 to 7 in the age group of 7 years to 12 years of Sherwood High School on Bannerghatta road along with members of the civic club of the Children’s Movement for Civic Awareness (CMCA) celebrated the Safety Awareness Walk and Traffic Police Day on 7th January, 2013. Held between 9 and 11 am, the walk started with an inspiring and educative talk by P. R. Rao, Deputy Chief of the Traffic Warden organisation about the importance of road safety. Inspector Diwakar (Traffic) of the Hulimavu police station, a few other police personnel, CMCA volunteers Chaya Sudesh and Pallavi Petkar and a few media personnel attended the programme.

The students enjoyed the interactive session with Rao and were inspired to take the message back home about how critical road safety is. They were given the responsibility of ensuring that their family members follow the rules of the road, as breaking rules might be dangerous or fatal. Rao explained the risks of wheeling on the roads. He requested underage students not to drive vehicles on the road and to be civic conscious citizens.

Inspector Diwakar and Rao flagged off the safety walk at which teachers, school bus drivers, cleaners and other support staff were present. The students walked till the Basavanapura area and spread awareness by holding placards with messages of safety on the roads while driving and walking, shouted slogans and distributed pamphlets. The policemen who were on duty on Bannerghatta Road, assisted in the smooth movement of traffic and safety of the students on the walk.

Two students, Sara and Samruddhi who participated in the walk shared, "We went for a 1 km walk through the Basavanapura village, behind our school to spread awareness about following traffic rules, wearing helmets to avoid accidents and not to drink and drive. We are happy we went for the Safety Awareness Walk". The school plans to continue such programmes in future.

Let us hope that all Bangaloreans will become law abiding citizens and Bangalore will be a safer city.

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