The public can be somewhat distrustful of traffic cops at times especially when we notice them driving without helmets themselves. However, there are times when our law enforcers truly do us proud. The Delhi Police did precisely this in an effort to promote safer driving practices for National Road Safety Week, 2019. They initiated a campaign that essentially holds a mirror up to society. They did this in the literal sense to emphasise the use of helmets.
If you’re travelling past ITO, you can’t miss Head Constable Sandeep Kumar who wears a helmet whilst standing on the street. He carries a mirror with a very special message for every helmet-less passenger riding a two-wheeler.
Take a look at his message-
“Kyunki aaina jhooth nahi bolta (Because the mirror never lies),” reads a placard he flips over on the mirror.
Kumar then proceeds to reveal a spate of messages on road safety that essentially read- ‘My helmet, my safety. What about yours?’, ‘Always use ISI marked helmet’, ‘We wish you a safe journey.’
“Mera helmet meri suraksha. Aur aapki?”
“Sadaiv ISI mark wala helmet hi prayog karein.”
“Aapki surakshit yatra ki shubhkaamna”
However, it is a team effort for another policeman steps in at the end of the video to pass the passengers a flyer. Take a look at the video uploaded by Delhi Traffic Police’s official Twitter handle:
— Delhi Traffic Police (@dtptraffic) February 9, 2019
The video soon went viral garnering a spate of positive reactions!
Awesome ..very creative Delhi police
— Sandeep Joshi (@sandyj1712) February 10, 2019
Brilliant! Kudos to Delhi Traffic Police. Very innovative, not offensive. @MadhuriDixit wala "Perfect"
— Dheerendra Jain (@dheeren2009) February 10, 2019
Great job officiers. This is unbelivable. Mujje kabhi yahkin nahi tha i hamari police ese bhi kar skti hi. We all are proud of you. Hatsoff.
— Mukesh (@Mukesh31763339) February 10, 2019
Then there were those who believed the traffic cops were going above and beyond to focus on road safety when the onus to do so is on travellers themselves.
Sad that our forces are responsible for reminding us to keep ourself safe. There job is to save us from external threats.
And we are the same who do not waste a minute to buy a mobile phone cover to protect the phone from breaking, why this attitude towards head? #RoadSafety
— Pankaj Singh 🇮🇳 (@pks_king) February 10, 2019
But all in all, it seems the janta quite approves of this new way to promote helmet safety!
Innovative idea of @dtptraffic wear Helmet Campaign.The city drivers need to be taught via your Mirror Education :
'Lane Driving is Sane Driving'
'Stop Before Stop Line'
'Respect Zebra Crossing' #pedestrians@DelhiPolice @SplCPTrafficDel@dcpter @dcptrafficouter @DCPWestDelhi
— Jasvinder Singh Dhir (@JASVINDHIR) February 9, 2019
Hopefully, janta is feelin the josh these cops exude. Let’s swear by helmets along with every traffic rule in the book, shall we?