If you want to increase knowledge about traffic rules, visit Metropolitan Traffic Police Division (MTPD) on public holidays. The traffic office has started providing orientation classes on traffic rules to anyone visiting the office premises on public holidays from Saturday.
“We are open for members of the public who want to learn more about traffic rules,” said Police Inspector Rajendra Pokharel, chief of Public Awareness Section at MTPD.
According to the MTPD, the classes are being organized as part of the MTPD road safety awareness campaign. Under the campaign, the traffic police have been organizing road safety awareness classes in the capital to lure people to follow traffic rules and minimize road accidents.
“Many people are still unaware about traffic rules and road uses. It is the main reason behind increasing road accidents in the capital. So, we decided to conduct orientation classes on every public holiday,” said Inspector Pokharel.
The MTPD has billed the classes as “One Hour with Traffic Police” as the classes are held for an hour from 9am to 10am on public holidays.
Over 50 people had turned out at the MTPD premises to take the orientation class on Saturday, the first day of such class.
The participants were taught about traffic rules, traffic signals and road uses using various illustrations and photographs.
He said the public should realize that traffic rules and traffic police are for their safety. The change in the mindset is possible through awareness programs. “So, through such classes, we aim to enhance road civilization among road users and reduce accidents.”
When asked whether public would be interested in such classes, he said, “We have already circulated information about the orientation classes to all our branch traffic police stations in all the three districts. Likewise, various stakeholder organizations and schools have also shown interest in attending the classes. We are confident people will voluntarily come to attend the classes.”
Similarly, the MTPD will also take help of various mass media to disseminate information about the orientation class to public, he said.
Meanwhile, Nepal Automobile Sports Association (NASA) distributed over 50 helmets for the children of the participants. “During motorcycle accidents, pillion riders are prone to injuries more than the riders. So, the helmet distribution is to encourage both the riders and the pillion riders to use helmets for their own safety,” said Govinda Bhattarai, general secretary of NASA.
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