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Shillong News | Shillong | April 03, 2018

The Traffic Branch of East Khasi Hills was seen in a new avataar of educating the pedestrian and the motorist about the use of the Zebra Crossing.

During the last few weeks, traffic police personnel assisted by students group drawn from various institutions led by Shamakami NGO were seen all over the city trying to sensitize the public on the importance of the zebra crossing. This was not only confined to the general public but also to the student communities of different school and colleges and their parents were sensitized too. Leaflets containing the Dos and Donts for the pedestrian and motorist were also distributed . This was the outcome of the order passed by honourable Chief justice High Court of Meghalaya, S.R.Sen based on the PIL filed wherein the PWD were asked to put zebra crossing markings in the areas identified and the Police Department to create an awareness.

With a view to see that the message reaches to all common people,the traffic department wrote to Doordarshan, All India Radio , Red FM and DIPR to spread the message through their sources. To see that this message was followed by the police personnel, all the OCs and ICs of Police Station, Beat Houses, Outposts and the police reserve have been directed to sensitize all personnel working under their control. To spread this awareness more in the other line department of police, the matter has been taken up with the Police head quarter to pass necessary instructions.

D N R Marak, IPS, Superintendent of Police ,East Khasi Hills, Shillong requested all to make use of the zebra crossing which this will go a long way in reducing the fatal accidents on the roads of Shillong while crossing roads. The motorist needs to also understand the rights of the pedestrian and should assist the pedestrian while they are crossing roads by slowing their vehicles . He also thanked the Social work department students from Martin Luther Christian University, St Edmunds College, Indian Institute of Professional Studies, Women’s College, RHAM led by Rebina Subba and Samanda Phanwar from Shamakami NGO and all Traffic  Personnel led from the front by B.J.Laloo, MPS, Superintendent of Police(Traffic), East Khasi Hills, Shillong who made this awareness programme very meaningful and effective.

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