Balasore, November 20 (LocalWire): Ahead of the strict enforcement of the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019, the city authority has embarked on a major drive to create awareness about the traffic rules and regulations among the school and college students.
It may be recalled that the state government had decided to relax the new traffic rules and regulations that came into effect on 1 September 2019 and had given vehicle owners time till 30 November to get their vehicle insurance, pollution control certification, and driving licenses done.
The team, including the district nodal officer (traffic), an officer in the rank of deputy superintendent of police (DSP), Regional transport officer (RTO) and traffic personnel also began educating class IX to XII students.
“These awareness drives are being done to curb the menace of underage driving.
Besides, the students are urged to insist that their parents follow safety norms such as wearing a helmet and putting on seat belts.
They are also advised to wear a helmet as pillion riders and ask their parents to keep all vehicle related up to date as per the requirements,” nodal officer DSP Panda said.
“The response has been very encouraging.
The schools are cooperating, while students are also participating in the sessions and asking questions.
We have received feedback from parents and guardians that their wards were discussing the issue at their homes,” he said.