ROLL OF CITIZENS - COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION
|The challenge of making our roads safer
can be met only with the whole hearted support and commitment
of the entire community. So what can we do to help as citizens?
- Be a model road user- Learn the rules
and follow them conscientiously even when nobody is watching.
Don’t justify traffic violations by saying that you
are sure that they are ‘safe’. Remember, you
are inspiring others to violate law and they may do so under
not so safe circumstances.
- Educate others- anybody you can influence,
your family, your friends or your colleagues. The task of
teaching the rules or road safety to a society as diverse
and heterogeneous as ours requires the dedicated support
of enlightened citizens. You can use your special gift for
art or music or theatre or technology for carrying the message
of road safety to the millions who need to be educated.
- Be active citizens- Your enthusiasm can
force even the most lethargic of systems to move. Know the
traffic problems and road safety issues of your locality,
your office, your child’s school and so on. You must
follow up on the construction of that rotary or the installation
of that traffic signal that is needed in your locality.
Your enthusiasm shall ensure that no procedural bottle-necks
hold up urgently needed engineering works.
- Don’t expect the Government to do it all-
The community has immense resources. It can definitely raise
internal funds for minor interventions like building a wall
to close a dangerous illegal entry point or engaging private
manpower to help in the regulation of parking in commercial
areas or outside schools.
- Always help the accident victim –
the fear of false implication in the matter is totally irrational.
You must be prepared to undertake the responsibility of
taking the victim to a hospital and waiting for his family
to appear. Remember- it could have been you. (See
- Volunteer as Marshals- If you want to
actively participate in traffic regulation and law enforcement
join as a marshal or inform us what you want to do and how
we can help you with it. (See