The renovated Children’s Traffic Park at the old Collectorate has got the attention of the public, particularly students.
Within a week since its opening, a total of 1,277 students have visited the park, which has been renovated at an estimate of ₹2 crore under the Self-Sufficiency Scheme.
Swanky campus with eye-catching artworks and signboards, colourful painting, children playing equipment, entertainment facilities and green corridors are said to be bringing more and more students to the park.
The service of safety instructors employed by the Honda Motor Company, which takes care of the maintenance of the park, is being seen as an added advantage to educate the students in an effective manner.
It gets an average of 250 to 300 students a day. The students spend about three hours in the park. It is divided into three sessions such as theory, practical and power point.
The instructors take them on a tour to the park to educate them on traffic rules, safety practices, the importance of adhering to the signs of signals and others. The students also undergo a simulator training basically to test their balance while riding vehicles. The traffic policemen also visit the park daily and offer tips on traffic rules and management.
“It is important to make the tour interesting. The focus is on educating traffic rules. However, there are elements of fun too,” says V. Sivaranjani, Safety Instructor and Coordinator.
Besides involving students, the city police also bring traffic violators to the traffic park. They have to be in the park for a minimum of one hour so as to learn the traffic rules. They are also taught the importance of safe driving.
According to sources, at least 40 to 50 motorists, booked for violating traffic rules, visit the park daily. The idea is to make them understand the safety of them as well as other road users, including passersby.
Mayilvahanan, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Traffic, Tiruchi, told that a comprehensive calendar had been prepared to make use of the traffic park throughout the year with the participation of Chief Educational Officer. As per the schedule, the school heads would bring the students. They would be subjected to systematic learning at the park.
He said it had also been decided to provide the space for those applied for Learner License Registration. The Collector had given instruction to the Regional Transport Officers to send all those seeking LLR to the traffic park so as understand the nuances of traffic rules.
Women can learn the nuances of two-wheeler riding free of cost at the park.
The Tiruchi city police in association with the Honda Motor Company has made an arrangement to provide the driving. It has roped in the services of a woman to impart driving skills to the women.
While the traffic park is opened for public between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., it is kept exclusively for women to get two-wheeler training between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Ms. Sivaranjanai said that free coaching was given to two women a day. There was no need to pay even for fuel. They had to follow a dress code. They were asked to wear churidar for hassle-free ride. Women, above 18 years, were eligible for training. They had to register in advance at the park for the training. They would be called for training on first cum first served basis. She said 17 women had been given training so far. As many as 45 women had registered.
(souce :The Hindu)