THRISSUR: Thrissur will soon become the first ‘cultural traffic city’ in the state with the police department initiating a project that envisages creating a new ‘traffic culture’ in the cultural capital, with the cooperation of public, local bodies, social and cultural voluntary organisations.
According to city police commissioner Jacob Job, as part of this project, the city police administration will hold a series of awareness campaigns including seminars, discussions and other programmes to create awareness about traffic rules among public rather than enforcing rules on them. The project would be carried out in association with the Corporation, District Panchayat, Kochi, Paramekkavu and Thiruvambady Devaswoms, cultural and social outfits, various trade unions and associations, education institutions and traffic experts.
He said that the year-long awareness programmes are aimed at making the public follow the traffic rules voluntarily rather than enforcing strict rules on them.
People should not follow rules because they are enforced or being pressurised by authorities, but should be influenced from within and understand that non-respect of traffic regulations cause mayhem on roads and also result in fatalities.There will also be special training programmes for people from different walks of life as part of the project, which are being conceptualised taking note of the socio-cultural values of the city, which fosters a healthy social harmony down the decades, police said.
The fibre statue of Pappu Zebra, the mascot of Kerala Police’s road safety campaign, will be installed at different locations in the city where garbage and waste are littered.
Message boards would be set up at vantage points in the town to inculcate the values of healthy living. Garbage and filth would be cleared as part of the beautification drive.