Safety Education Programmes for Children
It is well established today that the internalization
of road rules and road discipline by the road users
is crucial for ensuring safer and better managed
traffic movement. The process of road safety education
should ideally start at an early age. An early start
shall ensure that the road safety habit is inculcated
by the citizens at an age when their minds are the
most impressionable and also most receptive to the
learning process. The ‘Catch Them Young’
philosophy has thus motivated the Education Branch
to focus a large part of its activities on children.
The following programmes are being operated for
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I. A. Scheduled
Visits of School Children
The Road Safety Cell is visited on each working
day by a batch of 70-80 school children for a structured
3 hour session on road safety from 9AM to Noon.
The training session typically comprises the following
- Round of the Exhibition Hall: The children
are shown the exhibits in small groups to encourage
interaction and discussion. The queries of the
children are answered by the trainer assigned
to them as they absorb the information exhibited
on the walls.
- Screening of Road Safety Movies: Movies
on road safety are screened for the school children
to imbibe safety practices in an entertaining
fashion. Care is taken that the movies are age
appropriate so that the children can identify
with the theme and the symbolization.
- Break: During the short break the children
are free to walk around the premises of the
Children Traffic Park.
- Lecture on Road Safety: A senior trainer
delivers a lecture on the issue of road safety
touching on topics such as the need for road
safety, the most important precautions for pedestrians,
school bus safety, school safety patrols etc.
This is followed by an open house discussion
where the children and the accompanying teachers
are invited to voice their queries. Efforts
are made to make the discussion a two-way participative
process and not a one-way transmission of information.
The animations and illustrations of the traffic
education CD are also shown on the LCD projector
to make the discussion lively and better structured.
- Practical Training: The children are
then taken outside for a walk along the driver
track and are familiarized with the meaning
of different road signs and markings. They are
taught to cross the road safely at the zebra
crossing and are also taught the operation of
the pelican traffic light installed outside
some of the schools. The children are explained
the meaning and operation of the Automatic Traffic
Control Signals and the blinkers. They are taught
the simple right of way rules in different situations
such as at T-intersections, at the rotary etc.
- Distribution of Printed Literature:
The children are then distributed printed literature,
games, calendars and posters on road safety
so that they may take the message of road safety
back home to their family and friends.
|Transportation: The transportation
of the school children to the Road Safety Cell and
back is arranged by the traffic police.
|Monthly Schedule: The
detailed schedule for the visits is drawn up a month
in advance in consultation with the office of Director
Public Instruction (Schools) and also the principals
of the different Government, Government Aided &
Private Schools of U.T. Chandigarh. This schedule
is sent to the Principals/ Headmasters of the concerned
schools through Director Public Instruction (Schools)
U.T. Chandigarh. The schedule can also be viewed
on this site.
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I. B. Unscheduled
Visits of School Children
Apart from the aforementioned scheduled visits of
school children the Road Safety Cell also allows
impromptu visits by school children from 11.30 AM
to 1.30 PM. Training inputs that have been detailed
above are provided to the children in a relatively
compressed format. The school authorities have to
organize the transportation in such cases. An advance
notice of at least a day by the school authorities,
however, helps our trainers of the Education Branch
in making the visit more meaningful for the children.
I. C. Visits
of School Children from Other Cities:
Apart from the schools of U.T. Chandigarh, the RSC/CTP
is also visited by children of various schools from
the neighbouring States of Punjab, Haryana and Himachal
Pradesh. An advance notice of the proposed visit
by the school authorities is welcomed by the RSC.
I. D. Spontaneous
Visits by Children & their Parents:
The RSC/CTP is visited daily by numerous children
accompanied by their parents. Such visitors are
welcomed and an officer is detailed to conduct them
around the Exhibition Hall and answer any queries.
Printed literature is also distributed to the visitors.
I. E. Outdoor
Visits by the Trainers:
The E-Branch also organizes exhibitions and lectures
on road safety for the children in their school
premises. Such activities are undertaken on the
receipt of a request from the school principal and
are subject to the availability of the trainers.
Safety Education Programmes for Youth:
The E-Branch organizes exhibitions and lectures
on road safety for college youth during the camps
of NCC & NSS. Similar activities are also organized
during Annual Functions or Founders’ Day Celebrations
etc, provided the request is received sufficiently
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Programmes for Professional Drivers:
The E- Branch of the Road Safety Cell realizes the
need for educating on a priority those drivers who
drive for the longest hours – the professional
bus drivers, truck drivers, taxi drivers, auto rickshaw
drivers, drivers of Government & Defence vehicles
and rickshaw pullers. The E- Branch organizes periodic
workshops for different categories, especially during
the Road Safety Week. The drivers are given the
following training inputs:
- Screening of Driver Training Films:
The drivers are shown films on safe driving
such as the Australian 'How to Drive' series.
- Lecture by Motoring Experts: Motoring
professionals having extensive driving experience
are invited to lecture the participants on safe
driving practices. The lecture is generally
followed by an Open House Discussion with all
- Written Test: A written test of the
knowledge of Road Rules is conducted whenever
a 'Best Driver' prize has to be awarded at the
end of the workshop.
- Practical Driving Tips: The motoring
professionals give hands-on driving tips to
the participants on the driver track. Improvisations
such as digging of a trench etc are sometimes
adopted to incorporate more challenging road
|The E-Branch regularly conducts
workshops and road safety lectures for the following
- Indian Air Force (3 Base Repair Depot & High
- Indian Army (Western Command HQ, Chandimandir)
- Chandigarh Transport Undertaking: CTU sends
its drivers for both induction and in service
refresher training of its drivers.
- Central Detective Training School, Chandigarh:
CDTS organizes various trainings courses for
the officers belonging to different States and
these trainees/ officers visit RSC for road
- Recruit Training Centre, Chandigarh Police:
The trainees attending the Basic Induction Course
& also the Refresher Courses visit RSC for road
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The E-Branch also organizes activities for education
of the masses both inside the Children Traffic Park
and outside at places of large public gathering.
Some of these activities have become annual events
and are listed below:
- National Road Safety Week:
The observance of the Road Safety Week starting
on the first Monday of every year is an occasion
for the community to strengthen its resolve
to make the traffic better managed & the roads
safer. It is widely recognized today that the
challenge of educating our young generation
to make road safety a habit has to be met collectively
by the entire community. The Government agencies
& the Social Organizations must mobilize their
collective resources to achieve this task. The
E-Branch organizes a host of activities during
this week in partnership with different Government,
Social & Corporate agencies. Typically, the
following activities are organized-
- Blood Donation Camp
- Painting Competition for school children.
- Exhibition on Road Safety, Screening of Road
Safety Films and distribution of printed literature
at Central Plaza Sector-17, Chandigarh.
- Road Rules Test for general public at Central
- Scooter rally by college girls on Road Safety/
- Driver Training Workshops for police drivers,
bus drivers, truck drivers, taxi drivers, auto
rickshaw drivers and cycle rickshaw pullers.
- Workshop for principals/teachers on school
area traffic management & transportation of
- First Aid Training workshop for Traffic Police
and Police Control Room Field Staff.
- Involvement of NCC/ NSS students for regulation
of traffic at traffic intersections and distribution
of literature to general public.
- Educating masses through cultural activities
such as skits monologues & puppet shows on the
issue of Road Safety.
- Coordination with various NGOs for organizing
- Involvement of Audio, Video and Print Media
for giving mass publicity to the campaign. Transmission
of Road Safety Messages by All India Radio,
Cable TV Operators and Cell Phone Companies
(through their Short Messaging Service) helps
to carry the message far and wide.
- Festival of Gardens: The 'Festival
of Gardens' is celebrated every year by the
Chandigarh Administration during the month of
February at Rose Garden, Sector 16, Chandigarh.
A Road Safety Exhibition is organized for three
days. A written test of knowledge of road rules
is conducted for the general public and the
top scorers are honoured by the Chandigarh Administration.
Road Safety equipment like the Speed Check Radar
Gun, the Alco Sensor and the Lux Meter are also
put on display and the functioning of the equipment
is explained to the general public. Literature
on Road Safety is also distributed to the public.
- Consumer Forum Fair: The Consumer Forum
of Chandigarh organizes every year a four day
fair at the Parade Ground Sector 17, Chandigarh
in the month of March. A Road Safety Exhibition
is organized by the E-Branch.
- Chandigarh Carnival: The Chandigarh
Carnival is organized each year by the Chandigarh
Administration for two days in the month of
November at the Leisure Valley, Sector 10, Chandigarh.
Road Safety activities are organized on lines
of those undertaken during the 'Festival of
- Republic Day and Independence Day Parade:
Every year the E-Branch prepares a contingent
of school children who participate in the General
Parade as a platoon carrying road safety messages
& road signs on placards.
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