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Footboard travel attracts sanction of removal from schools and colleges

By P. T. Joseph SDB
The DCP addressing the students on Road Safety and Traffic Rules during the Seminar at SIGA Polytechnic College, Chennai.
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Chennai, Jan. 28. The Deputy Commissioner of Police, Chennai Traffic Planning, Mr. S. Sivanandam, presided over the Road Safety and Traffic Rules Awareness seminar conducted by the SIGA Polytechnic College, a Don Bosco Institute, for their 250 young diploma engineers on the college campus. The primary purpose of the seminar was to fulfill the demand of the TN Government to organize awareness programmes for college students on the dangers of footboard travel that now attracts sanction of removal from school.
The seminar also showed the management's commitment to participate in the Decade of Action for Road Safety, declared by UN General Assembly for the period 2011-2020 that aims to reduce road traffic deaths around the world. It is estimated that 5 million lives could be saved on the world's roads during the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020. According to UN statistics, globally 3500 people die on the road every day.

The TN Government has ordered the Principals of all the Government and Self-Financed institutions to conduct awareness programmes for the student community. According to the Government order, the school may take action for removal of repeated offenders from the rolls after notice to the parent. This order follows the Madras High Court direction to the Government to analyze the cause of accidents, to enforce strict adherence to traffic rules and to deliberate on the safety measures to be taken to avoid accidents in future.  

The DCP in his visual aided presentation highlighted the statistics of Chennai road accidents and discussed with the students the efforts taken by the traffic department in regulating the growing traffic alongside the Metro-Rail construction work. During the one-hour presentation on 20 January 2013, the DCP pointed out that fatal road accidents were caused not only by the rider's carelessness but also due to other factors like road conditions, environment, machine condition and pedestrian behaviour. He did not rule out drunken driving as a major cause of accidents on our roads.

The DCP educated the staff and students on the importance of planning the route of the journey to avoid the rush and stress on the road. In his presence, the student community, led by Campus Minister Fr. Mani Lazar SDB, took oath to obey traffic rules and save lives.

College Principal Fr. P. T. Joseph SDB, in his message, appreciated the TN Government and in particular Chennai Traffic Police Department for their commendable efforts in reducing accidents and saving lives on the city roads. The College Health and Safety Officer, Mr. Rohan, coordinated this event.
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