ISLAMABAD: In a bid to educate motorists on the correct traffic procedures, the Islamabad Traffic Police (ITP) on Wednesday kicked off a-10-day 'Traffic Education Week'.
Officials distributed 70,000 pamphlets amongst commuters to reduce the traffic-related accidents by advising parents to disallow their underage children from riding on top of vehicles as it endangers their lives.
ITP Senior Superintendent (SSP) Farrukh Rashid said that the ITP has launched a campaign to create awareness amongst people about consequences of traffic rules violations, including over speeding, one-wheeling, inappropriate number plates, juvenile driving, lane-line discipline, zebra crossing, the use of helmets and so on.
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The campaign is meant to infuse traffic discipline, which will help protect the lives and property of road users. SSP Rashid said road safety workshops were being arranged in government and private organisations, including educational institutions, to sensitise road users about various traffic rules.
The awareness campaign for the safety of road users is in full swing, he added.
In this regard, special teams have been constituted to teach road users how to ensure their safety before travelling on roads, particularly motorbike riders were being advised how to take the left lane while travelling.
He added these teams were performing duties at various main roads of the city and briefing motorbike riders and other motorists about safety
Those motorbike riders driving without helmets and side mirrors or having defective indicators, headlights, rear lights and speed metres are being cautioned and urged to get their bikes and vehicles repaired. He explained that a number of motorbike riders suffer road accidents due to faulty lights or indicators.
Traffic police have also put up banners at key points on roads, besides the radio station of police is regularly airing programmes to apprise transporters, drivers and citizen on traffic law and safety measures.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 29th, 2018.
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