LAHORE: Traffic Police has made a plan to develop “traffic theme parks” at four big parks of the city.
The parks included Jillani Park, Jail Road, Gulshan-e-lqbal Park, Greater Iqbal Park and Bagh-e-Jinnah.
For the purpose, Traffic Police Chief Officer Rai Ijaz Ahmad has written a letter to Parks and Horticultural Authority director general on Thursday. The latter stated, “It is submitted that City Traffic Police, Lahore intends to develop Traffic Theme Parks at different locations of the city in order to guide school going children regarding traffic rules through simulation process.”
The letter stated, “The process of guiding children in Traffic Theme Parks will surely help in maintaining road discipline and awareness amongst the masses that may lead to reduction in accidents which was an ultimate goal.
It was pertinent to mention that directions regarding establishment of traffic theme parks have been issued by the Traffic Steering Committee. The letter stated, “Keeping in view of the above, it is requested to provide suitable places for the establishment of Traffic Theme Parks in the best interest of general public.”
Meanwhile, a traffic seminar to discuss inclusion of traffic laws in syllabus, establishment of drop lane outside schools, abolition of wrong parking and discouraging under-age driving was held at a private hotel in Lahore.
Lahore DC Sameer Ahmad, Chairperson Saba Sadiq, Traffic SP Asif Siddique, Traffic DSPs, management of Lahore Grammar School, Beaconhouse school system, LACAS, National School, City School were present on the occasion.
Addressing the audience, CTO Rai Ijaz Ahmad said that at least 1.6 million challans were issued for various traffic violations in the city but traffic violations were increasing day by day. In this situation, there was a need to change the mindset. To tackle the situation, it was mandatory for us to educate children along with elders. “We should start their civic training so that they become cilivilsed citizens in future,” the CTO added.
He said that CTPL were starting Traffic Prefect Scheme according to which they will introduce traffic scouts in educational institutes. They will provide these children traffic caps and badges. This will create a sense of confidence among children besides traffic education, he added.
He requested parents not to allow their underage children to drive and asked the administration of schools to introduce traffic education in the syllabus.
Other speakers including Lahore DC Sameer Ahmad, Secretary Education, CPWB Chairperson Saba Sadiq etc. agreed with the demands of CTPL for inclusion of traffic laws in syllabus and establishment of drop lane outside schools.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 17th, 2017.
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