10 September 2019
Cuttack/Bhubaneswar: In a bid to create a better understanding of traffic rules the Commissionerate Police and the Traffic Police organized an awareness drive in the twin cities of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar on Tuesday.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday had announced a relaxation on traffic enforcement for a period of three months. CM directed enforcement agencies not to aggressively go on an overdrive, rather counsel and handhold the public to facilitate compliance with the amended provisions of the Motor Vehicle Act (2019).
As CM’s directive the Sagarika Nath, DCP (Traffic) led the initiative. At Mangalabag in Cuttack and at Kalpana Square in Bhubaneswar, Nath and her team distributed chocolates, flowers and 'thank you cards' to citizens obeying traffic rules.
On the other hand, violators of traffic rules were issued with challans and penalties were levied from them. Along with the required penalty, two-wheeler drivers without helmets were given helmets.
Addressing the media persons, Nath said, “We are very happy to see the level of awareness in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack. Almost everyone is wearing a helmet; even many pillion riders wear spotted wearing one too. We heartily thank all of you for following the rules.”
Reiterating what the Commissionerate Police had said, she added, “Our prime focus is to act against just five rules as of now- drunk and driving cases, use of mobile while driving, driving against the flow of traffic, triple-riding a two-wheeler and absence of a helmet. In the three month relaxation period, I request all to get the necessary paperwork done.”
On asked on public grievance against Police officials getting aggressive while implementing MV Act, she said, “All officials have been requested to be patient with the citizens. In case of any such stray incidents, the officials can be tracked since all of them have body cam on them. With the presence of CCTV cameras at all major traffic signals, this task has become easier.”
“I request all denizens to come forward and lodge a complaint if you are facing a problem of any kind from the Department.”
The Commissionerate Police have been holding such awareness drives for last two days in the Capital.