KARACHI: The Deputy Inspector General of Traffic Police Karachi Muhammad Arif Hanif said on Sunday that in his view, the major chunk of the victims involved in road fatalities either had lack of road sense and poor knowledge of traffic rules and regulations, therefore, it is incumbent upon them to take positive initiatives for the safety of general road users by launching special traffic awareness and educational programs throughout the city.
“All SSPs Traffic Districts, Karachi are hereby directed to launch “Traffic Awareness and Education Week” from 21 to 27 April 2014 on the basis of competition amongst all traffic districts of Karachi.
He instructed that during this special week, the following things should be focused to establish camps equipped with public address system, pamphlets and guidance booklets; conduct seminars and deliver lectures at school levels; arrange walk for a cause; visit public service bus terminals and deliver lectures to the drivers and conductors in association with their unions.
He also directed officials to display banners having road safety slogans on all important roads, motivate the road users to obey traffic signals and road signs, enlighten the road users about the consequences of the serious traffic violations which directly lead to road mishaps such as signals jumping, over speeding, against one-way, rash and negligent driving, one-wheeling, riding bike without safety helmet, non-fastening of safety belts, use of mobile phone while driving, travelling on roof top, wrong turning and crossing roads carelessly.
He said that present gift hampers such as colour boxes, ball pens, caps and badges to the road users, particularly school going children after putting some questions about traffic rules and regulations, and promote service of Sindh Police FM Radio Channel-88.6 and Shorts Messaging Service (SMS-8655) recently initiated by the traffic police.
He also called for extending all possible assistance to the pedestrians, particularly elders, women and children crossing the roads besides inviting electronic and print media for vast coverage.
He said: “Service of the Scouts should be acquired from Sindh Boys Scouts Association. The behaviour of traffic staff should be friendly and polite while dealing with public. Any other step necessary for the successful of this traffic awareness week should also be taken.”
In this connection, he said that DIGP Traffic RDR office would also provide the service of traffic police mobile theatre and the staff of Sindh Police FM radio channel-88.6 for live broadcasting on the roads.
The undersigned will physically visit all districts to witness the arrangements and performance displayed by the officers during the event.
At the end, he said that a prize distribution ceremony would be held at Saleem Vahidi Auditorium at Clifton Karachi, where commendation certificates with Cash rewards would be granted to the officers exhibiting excellent performance for the successfulness of the event.