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Indore: Traffic rules should be a fundamental duty

Thursday, 16 January 2014 - 2:21pm IST | Place: Indore | Agency: DNA

School students urged the traffic police for considering adherence to traffic rules as a fundamental duty, besides making several suggestions for enforcement of traffic regulations in the city. The students put forward these views during a debate competition held at Pritamlal Dua auditorium on Wednesday as a part of the ongoing traffic awareness week.

Participating in the debate, Palash Malodiya, student of New Pink Flower School suggested the traffic cops should penalize the offenders with a challan every time he breaks the rule. At present the rider is slapped with a challan of Rs 500 for breaching any rule, after which the rider roams around all over presenting the same challan every time he is intercepted for violations.

“Instead the traffic police should slap challans of smaller amounts for every single violation,” he suggested, amid resounding applause from the audience.

Claiming that inclusion of road safety rules in the list of fundamental duties for the citizens will not make any difference, Arundhati Singh, student of  Satya Sai School suggested that the traffic cops should instead involve some stringent road safety rules, which will effectively make public follow them.

India stands on the first position all over the world, courtesy to its dubious distinction of recording more than 1.50 lakh deaths per year in road accidents, added the participants in the competition.
“So involving traffic rules in the fundamental duties would surely bring awareness amongst the people and we may see a decline in loss of lives due to road accidents,” they added.

However the participants who were averse to the idea argued that this won’t help as the Indians have shown prolonged reluctance towards adherence to the rules and even to the fundamental duties.

The debating students also came up with suggestions for Indore traffic police, which the cops appreciated wholeheartedly.

“Every year at the debate competition during traffic awareness week, students come up with some fantastic suggestions and we try to implement them in letter and spirit,” claimed DSP (traffic) Arvind Tiwari.

The competition judges Kailash Sharma and Rupinder Kaur declared Ulhas Mehta and Shikhar Bhardwaj from Advanced Academy as the winners. Sanika Newaskar and Arundhati Singh from Satya Sai School and Srishti Anchaliya and Nidhi Bhutda were adjudged as the runners-up of the competition. Misha Kodwani and Simran Chugh from Mata Gujari Girls School bagged the consolation prizes.

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