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The Rachakonda Police Commissionerate launched a programme called the "Patrol for Happy Driving" in Hyderabad on Thursday. The initiative is to honour citizen who follow traffic rules. Motorists following traffic rules across Hyderabad will receive certificates by the city police under the initiative.
As part of the initiative launched by Rachakonda Traffic Commissioner Mahesh M Bhagwat, the traffic police will identify riders and drivers who make it a habit to and safety measures in the city.
Commissioner Bhagwat said, "So far the police have been trying to identify traffic violators and impose fines and to seize vehicles and so on. Now as a token of recognition to the people following traffic rules, Rachakonda police launched a unique programme which is the only one-of-its-kind in India. The Patrol for Happy Driving."
Law abiding riders drivers will be given stickers and certificates of appreciation. The Rachakonda traffic police believes that this move will spread happiness among safe drivers as their honesty is recognised.
The local police have noticed that many people have started obeying traffic laws after awareness programs. They say wearing helmets, using seat belts, using turn signal indicators, and maintaining safer distances in moving traffic are some area that they have seen improvements.
After launching this programme, Commissioner Bhagwat personally checked some vehicles. He found a lady doctor, a senior citizen, an auto rickshaw driver and a few lorry drivers following traffic rules. These citizens were honoured with a certificate, and also had 'safe driver' stickers pasted on to their vehicles.
The Rachakonda traffic police have a set a target, and will identify 8000 safe drivers. All drivers will be issued 'safe driver' stickers and certificates as a token of appreciation for following traffic rules.
Commissioner Bhagwat added, "The main aim of launching this programme is to encourage the law-abiding citizens by honouring them and bring changes among others to make them obey the law."
Thoughts About The Initiative Started By The Rachakonda Traffic Police
Interesting initiative. We think this search for law abiding citizens will in fact help the police catch more traffic violators. Finding 8000 law abiding citizen is a tough task. We hope they manage to achieve this target soon. We are still unsure if other cities should follow suit.