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Lessons in road safety, taught by schoolchildren

Dated:09/01/2013

Educating their peers about the need to follow road safety rules, members of the Road Safety Club of St. Joseph’s Higher Secondary School (HSS) here observed the Road Safety Week with weeklong activities.

From conducting awareness programmes to helping in traffic control near their school, the club members observed the Road Safety Celebrations from January 1 to 7.

The club members wrote a petition to the Chief Minister describing the need for implementing road safety norms.

The letter gave a detailed report about the places where such norms were violated along with a number of photographs, which clearly showed people violating road safety rules.

The Road Safety programmes began with a press meet organised by the school Road Safety Club members headed by A.R. Sharath and Krishna Ram.

An inter-school quiz on ‘Road Safety Rules and Signs’ was held. In the competition, which saw the participation of four schools — Loyola School, St. Joseph’s HSS, Holy Angels GHSS and St. Mary’s HSS — the team from St. Joseph’s HSS emerged the winners and the team from Loyola School bagged the second spot.

A seminar on ‘Road Safety Awareness’ held on January 4 was led by Thiruvananthapuram Road Development Company Limited project director Anilkumar Pandala and chaired by school headmaster P.A. Sebastian.

The club members provided road safety instructions to road users and also marked white lines on road humps.

“In one of our meetings, a friend spoke about a hump near a junction which was poorly visible. So we decided to paint it as part of the Road Safety activities to avoid accidents,” said A.R. Sharath, joint convener of the club.

Around 10 students were involved in painting the hump on the Pattoor-Moolavilakam-Thampuranmukku road. The members and office-bearers of the Pattoor Residents Association appreciated the students and presented them gifts.

The students also helped the traffic police personnel in traffic control near their school.

“Students dedicated a few hours in the morning before school time and in the evening after school hours along the General Hospital junction. Holding placards on road safety messages and distributing safety messages to the passengers, an awareness drive was also conducted from January 2 to 5,” said John Bosco, teacher in-charge of the Road Safety programme.

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