Chandigarh Traffic Police & Vodafone join hands to create awareness on ‘Road Safety’

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– Organise drawing competition for young school children on ‘Road Safety’ as part of Chandigarh Police Week

– Over 550 students participated in the event held at Children Traffic Park, Sec 23, Chandigarh

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NewZNew (Chandigarh): Looking to create awareness on ‘Road Safety’ amongst young school-going children, Chandigarh Traffic Police and Vodafone Punjab Circle today organised a drawing competition for students in the age group of 10 years to 16 years at Children Traffic Park, Sec 23, Chandigarh. Organised as part of the 6th Chandigarh Police Week being observed from 23rd to 30th November, 2015, students from across all schools in Chandigarh were invited to come forward and participate in the competition. Hon. Home Secretary Shri Anurag Aggarwal (IAS), the chief guest for the event, graced the occasion and encouraged the students.

Sharing his views, the Chief Guest, Hon. Home Secretary Shri Anurag Aggarwal (IAS) said, “It is important to understand the importance of road safety and traffic rules not only for your own benefit, but for the benefit of other commuters as well. If everyone starts following traffic rules and makes a conscious effort to make the roads safer, then it can help prevent a lot of accidents and loss of life and property. Activities like today’s painting competition will go a long way in ensuring that young children receive the right guidance and think in the right direction which can help make our roads much safer in the near future”

Seconding his thoughts, Pushpinder S Gujral, Business Head- Punjab, HP and J&K, Vodafone India said, “Today’s students will become safety ambassadors of tomorrow. If we educate them, train them and make them realise the importance of adherence to traffic rules today then it will go a long way in ensuring safer roads tomorrow. Their minds are impressionable and if we can impart right knowledge and values at an early age then they will become responsible citizens. At Vodafone, we educate our employees, associates and their families on traffic rules and adherence to them is a must. For this purpose we have put policies and checks in place as well. We have come up with 8 absolute Safety Rules (ASR’s) out of which 5 focus on road safety.”

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Officials, executives and volunteers from Chandigarh Traffic Police and Vodafone welcomed the excited students who gathered at the Children Traffic Park to participate in the competition. The competition was held for students in two age groups, from age 10 to 13 and age 14 to 16.

Post completion of competition, while the jury comprising the Hon. Home Secretary, delegates and officers from Vodafone and Chandigarh Traffic Police deliberated upon the winners, officials from Chandigarh Traffic Police spoke on the importance of road safety and shared tips on being road safe. The students were served refreshments by Vodafone volunteers who also kept them engaged through different interactive activities.

Hon. Home Secretary Shri Anurag Aggarwal (IAS) and senior Vodafone officials handed over the prizes to the winners. In the age group 10 to 13, Dhruvi Yadav of Carmel Convent stood first, Vedansh Vasudeva of Gurukul Global School stood second and Anand Vishwakaran of Govt. High School, Sec 32 stood third respectively. In the age group 14 to 16, Samanta of Sri Guru Harkishan School stood first, Kajal of Govt. Sr. Sec School, Mauli Jagra stood second and Ashutosh of Shivalik Public School stood third respectively. A special award was given to a special child Rehnuma Rani of Govt. High School, Mauli Colony, Chandigarh who drew with her feet.

Also present at the event were SSP Traffic & Security Chandigarh- Mr. Maneesh Chaudhry (IPS) and DSP Traffic Admn. & South- Rajeev Ambasta.