Port Blair, Sept 30: As part of Road Safety measures, the revamped Children’s Traffic Park situated near Marina Park was re-opened on 30/09/2022 by 04 family members, who lost their son/husbands/brother in road accident and suffering the pain of losing their loved ones. Sr. Police officers of A&N Police including Mr. Sanjay Kumar Jain, IPS, IGP (L&O) were present during the re-opening.
At the outset, Mr.Kalaivanan R, IPS, Superintendent of Police (Traffic) welcomed the special guests and addressed the gathering about the history and functioning of Children’s Traffic Park. After the outbreak of COVID-19, the park was closed since March, 2020 and due to lack of maintenance during this period, it suffered damages. Now the park has been given a facelift and is renovated to make it more children friendly. New traffic signal lights, road signs, information hoardings and speakers playing Road Safety Messages etc. have been installed across the park. In the facelift, the other departments namely DBRAIT, APWD & PBMC have also contributed on their part. This park is being operated and maintained by the Traffic Unit of A&N Police.
The families of road accident victim appreciated the step of reopening the Children’s Traffic Park to create awareness among the children right from an early age that will help in preventing road accidents in their later stage of life. They further added that awareness on road safety among the general public will help in preventing the tragedy that had taken place with them.
‘Road safety is life safety’, highlighted the importance of traffic rules, Sh. Jain, IGP/L&O emphasised that road accidents are manmade disaster, which is totally preventable provided we obey and follow traffic rules. ‘Driving under drunken condition’, ‘overspeeding’, ‘driving without helmet/or seat belt’, ‘lack of attention/distraction while driving’ such as using mobile etc. are prominent causes behind road accidents. A&N Police invites the general public to avail this facility so that the children can enjoy and learn various Road Safety measures. The park will remain open everyday between 4.00 PM to 8.00 PM and facility is free of cost.