Seven-day ‘road safety drive’ begins in city

Bareilly: The Regional Transport Office (RTO) and traffic police department kick-started a week-long "road safety drive" in the city with a motorcycle rally. Some 300 policemen on motorcycles were flagged off from Transport office and ended the rally at Satellite crossing. The road safety drive, to sensitize vehicle users of traffic rules and check violations , is to be observed across the state.
Officials at the RTO said every year, the second or third week of January is observed as "road safety week". "We have launched a special drive which will continue till January 17.

During the period, camps will be set up at public places across the city to sensitize drivers/commuters of adhering to traffic norms. Commuters will also be checked for violation of traffic rules. Free eye checkup camps will also be set up near bus stands for examining the eyesight of public transport drivers.
Speaking with TOI, senior assistant regional transport officer (ARTO), Bareilly, RP Singh said, "During the seven-day drive, awareness camps in parts of city will be organized and road users will be made aware of traffic regulations and penalties that will be imposed on violation of rules.

Locals will also be informed about the importance of following traffic rules and safety measures that should be taken while on the road. For convenience of public transport drivers and to ensure security of passengers traveling in public vehicles, an eye checkup camp will also be set up at Satellite bus station, where drivers of UPSRTC and of other public transport vehicles -- autorickshaws and tempos -- will be able to get their eye-sight examined free of cost."
The ARTO added, "The aim is to make drivers aware of their eye problems, which most of them ignore. Drivers who visit will also be sensitized about the adverse impact of weak or poor eyesight if not treated in time.

Doctors from the district hospital and Rohilkhand Medical College will be examaining the eyesight.

This is the 31st 'road safety week' being observed in Bareilly."
Officials said similar camps will be organized during the week and pamphlets displaying traffic rules will also be distributed among people.
Besides, the traffic police department and RTO are also working on a seven-day enforcement plan during which, motorists will be challaned for flouting various traffic rules such as not wearing seatbelts, helmets, speeding, drunken driving and triple-riding on two-wheelers.
Superintendent of police (traffic), Subhash Gangwar told TOI, "Around 300 policemen and employees from civil defence, among others took out a bike rally to mark the beginning of the week-long road safety drive in the city in the presence of senior RTO and traffic police officers.

Legislator Rajesh Mishra (Pappu Bhartaul) was the chief guest at the programme to flag off the rally at the regional transport office."

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