Kannur police to implement 'Zero Hour' project for road safety
Kannur: The Kannur police have come up with a special project -- Zero Hour -- to reduce the number of road accidents and raise awareness among drivers.
As part of the project, one-hour-long vehicle check will be conducted in all parts of the district once a week. Those found to have violated rules will have to attend compulsory classes.
Bike riders will be particularly under observation. The district police chief has directed there should be no compromise on helmet wear.
No fine will be imposed on vehicles that are caught during the checks. But they will have to attend classes every week, in which visuals of road accidents and photos of gruesome mishaps will be exhibited. Victims of accidents and their family members will be brought to these classes so the drivers can see for themselves the tragedy the victims have gone through.
Besides, those who strictly comply with traffic rules will be appreciated during the classes. Rule violators who are caught in cameras placed in various parts of the district will be brought to the classes as well.
"Absence of fine does not mean that they will not have to face punishment," District police chief Sanjay Kumar explained. Compulsory classes are bigger punishment.
Most of the accident victims are pedestrians and bike riders. Many lives have been saved because people opted to wear helmets. Our aim is to make Kannur a district in which every two-wheeler rider wears helmet, the SP added.