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Education Branch (Road Safety Cell)
Objectives: The Education Branch forms the core of the Road Safety Cell and is entrusted with the task of spreading awareness about road safety.
Teaching Aids: The following teaching aids are employed for imparting road safety training:
  • A State-of-the Art LCD projector attached with a multi-media computer for showing films on road safety. The projection system is also used for making presentations during workshops and lectures.
  • A large collection of films on safe driving practices and pedestrian safety. The complete list has been given in the box below.
  • A comprehensive Road Safety Education CD has been developed by the Road Safety Cell to provide a cheap yet comprehensive medium for distributing information on road safety. The information includes colourful illustrations and interactive computer animations to teach road safety in an easily understandable manner. The contents of the CD are shown through the Overhead LCD Projection System during lectures and workshops.
  • Two touch screen computer kiosks are installed in the exhibition hall for browsing of the contents of the aforementioned CD.
  • Wall mounted road safety exhibits are used to display information in an attractive and easily readable format. This information is also available in the form of colour printed flex sheets mounted on collapsible roll-up stands that can be easily transported. The exhibits can thus be conveniently transported to the Road Safety Stall for display in Carnivals, Melas, Public Exhibitions etc.
  • Modern back-lit scrollers are used during public exhibitions for drawing the attention of the people to the information displayed.
  • Printed literature on road safety for free public distribution is provided each year by the Ministry of Shipping, Road Transport and Highways, Government of India, New Delhi. Similar literature is also published by other local Road Safety NGOs and also by the Chandigarh Traffic Police.
  • Different compilations of the road accident data are available to facilitate students of various professional colleges to analyze the causes of accidents and to recommend preventive measures.
  • The Children Traffic Park has a driver track with all major road features and traffic control devices such as road curves, road on an incline/ decline, underpass, overpass, blind alley, parallel parking area, uncontrolled intersections, T- Intersections, intersections controlled by rotary, Automatic Traffic Control Signal, Pelican Lights, Blinkers & Stop Signs. All major types of road markings and road signs are also displayed at appropriate locations along the driver track.

Types of Educational & Training Programmes:

The Education Branch of the Road Safety Cell runs the following training programmes-

I. Road 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 children-
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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 activities:
  • 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.

II. Road 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 in advance.
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III. Training 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 participants.
  • 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 features.
The E-Branch regularly conducts workshops and road safety lectures for the following organizations:
  • Indian Air Force (3 Base Repair Depot & High Grounds)
  • 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 safety training.
  • Recruit Training Centre, Chandigarh Police: The trainees attending the Basic Induction Course & also the Refresher Courses visit RSC for road safety training.
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IV. Other Educational Activities:

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 Plaza.
  • Scooter rally by college girls on Road Safety/ Helmet awareness.
  • 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 school children.
  • 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 different events.
  • 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 Gardens'.
  • 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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Visit of school children
Educational exhibits
Lecture on road safety
Practical training
Distribution of literature
Blood donation camp
Painting competition
Exhibits on road safety
Workshop for cycle rickshaw pullers
First Aid training workshop
Road safety exhibition at Festival of Gardens
 
Future Plans
  • The branch shall bring out a second improved version of the Road Safety Education CD. This shall include information on pedestrian safety, school area traffic management, safe cycling, give way rules and illustrations for understanding road signs and road markings.
  • A printed colour Handbook on Road Safety shall be prepared on lines of the CD.
  • Efforts shall be made to tap the resources of the community by empanelling the national level motoring professionals and road safety experts who shall offer tips & guidance for the standardization of the contents of lectures and presentations given to different target audiences. Efforts shall be made to achieve international quality standards in this area.
  • A Train-the-Trainer Programme shall be started for training of school teachers and other citizens who can carry the message of road safety to wider audiences.
  • The collection of films on road safety would be increased by making fresh acquisitions. Efforts would be made to develop indigenous films by involving popular TV stars. An animation film for the children is also on the anvil.
  • A 'School Area Safety Coordination Cell' would be started with the help of NGO's to provide an impetus to road safety initiatives by school authorities. The cell would offer free consulting and would also liaison with the administration on behalf of the school authorities.
  • A Model Driver Training School with all prescribed training aids would be established to guide all private driving schools operating in the region. Modern training aids like the driving simulator would be acquired for the purpose.
  • A library would be established from where the citizens could borrow books and films on road safety.