Shankar Mahadevan, singer and music composer turned a traffic cop on Friday at Shivaji Chowk traffic signal at sector 17 in Vashi to create awareness among motorists of safe driving. He was seen giving away rose flowers to bikers driving without a helmet.
Mahadevan also managed traffic at the Shivaji Chowk traffic signal, one of the busiest chowk in Vashi. Police commissioner Bipin Kumar Singh and DCP traffic Purshottam Karad were also present.
As part of the Road Safety Campaign, the Navi Mumbai Traffic police has started a new initiative wherein citizens can become a traffic cop for a day. Citizens can become part of the awareness campaign by registering on www.trafficnm.com.
Later, Mahadevan also sang his favourite song "Suno Gaur Se Duniya Walo" on the occasion. Mahadevan resides in Vashi with his family.
Navi Mumbai traffic police are conducting a number of activities as part of the Road Safety Campaign from photography contest to online classes for school students.
In order to give an experience of becoming a traffic cop and understand the importance of following traffic rules, the Navi Mumbai traffic police started this initiative first time. While interacting with the media, Purshotam Karad, deputy police commissioner (Traffic) said the month-long road safety campaign will be involving common citizens to create maximum awareness.
Citizens who are interested to become a traffic cop for a day can register on the website while indicating the respective area. “They can choose a date, time slot, traffic signal, and the police station to man as a traffic cop,” said another senior official. He added that there are two timing slots.
In 2020, a total of 209 people lost their lives in a road accident while across the country, the total number of death is 1.35 million. Death due to motorbike accident saw a 59% rise in 2020 as 107 people died.