School students at a Road Safety Awareness rally in Udhgamandalam on Wednesday. City Police Commissioner K.C. Mahali on Wednesday flagged off a rally by school students for creating awareness on the need for road safety. Road Safety Week which started on January 1 concluded on Wednesday. The rally was attended by students from Corporation High Schools, NGR Memorial High School and Rangammal Educational Institutions. The students carried placards with slogans highlighting road safety awareness. The rally wound its way from VKK Menon Road, Sidhapudur, Balasundaram Road and reached VOC Park.
Addressing the students who took part in the rally, Mr. Mahali said that after the enforcement of compulsory helmet rule, the culture of compliance has reached a near 50 per cent. This had started showing the accident statistics. Still a number of two-wheeler riders were not wearing helmets.
In an effort to combat the soaring accident rate and fatality, the police have stepped up enforcement of road rules. Every day at least thousand cases of road rule violations were being booked and this was resulting in reducing the number of accidents on the city roads. The Commissioner pointed out that two-wheeler riders should make it a point to wear helmets for the sake of protecting their lives and not for the sake of complying with the rule.
The Transport Department officials also took out a rally.