PATH Article - Traffic cops 'adopt' schools, college to curb mishaps
Traffic cops 'adopt' schools, colleges to curb mishaps
MUMBAI: In a unique move to curb accidents near schools and colleges, each
traffic policeman has been assigned an educational institute. The policeman
will meet the school's management and parents, maintain records of bus
staffers and book rash drivers.
The idea is to increase accountability and ensure better co-ordination
between the traffic police and educational institutes.
The scheme was launched on August 15 and is restricted to the eastern,
western and northern suburbs for now.
"Every week, the constables will report to their respective superior, who
will be an inspector-level officer. Twice a month, the inspector will meet
representatives of schools and colleges covered by his subordinates and
review the measures taken by them," said DCP (traffic) Pratap Dighavkar.
Parking, for instance, is an issue dogging every major educational institute.
"Instances of chain-snatchings and cellphone thefts have also been observed
outside colleges. Traffic policemen will visit educational institutes once a
week to review their problems and come up with quick solutions. "Reckless and
rash drivers will be prosecuted immediately," said Dighavkar.
The visiting constable's cellphone number will be put up prominently on the
school/college's notice board so that he can be contacted by everyone. The
constable is required to maintain a record of every school bus driver and
attendant with their names, addresses, contact numbers and native place
details. All information obtained by a traffic constable from the educational
institute has to be reported every week to his superior, who will be an
inspector-level officer. Twice every month, this inspector will meet the
management of schools and colleges that his subordinates cover and check on
the measures undertaken by them.
Constables have been segregated into groups of five and every such group will
be headed by an officer. "Reckless and rash drivers found near educational
institutes will be prosecuted immediately," said Dighavkar. "Besides, NCC and
RSP cadets in schools and colleges are likely to be benefitted by our scheme,
as they can have a first-hand interaction with a traffic cop every week.
"Traffic constables who bring about a positive difference will be rewarded.
This will encourage their colleagues to perform better," Dighavkar added.