Shillong: Traffic violaters in Shillong were in for a surprise when they were given a rose instead of a challan for violating traffic rules in the Meghalaya capital on Friday.
During the peak hours of traffic, Meghalaya police took a very unique initiative by giving roses to anyone violating the traffic rules. While a few lauded the police for this awareness, a few felt that this was no way to behave.
Meghalaya police ensured that the rules were applied for all — an Army officer was also caught not wearing a seat belt and was educated about what he had violated.
Superintendent of Police (SP) (traffic) Bikram D Marak said that the initative is part of the national road safety week and they decided to give away roses so that people will remember that they received a rose for breaking traffic rules and will work as a reminder for them. He informed that this was being carried out at various locations of the city.
A rider who had forgotten to wear his helmet did leave the police surprised, knowing that there was a hefty amount under the new Motor Vehicles Act if caught without a helmet. Luck favoured him when he got a rise instead of a challan.
A rider said that he was very thankful to the Meghalaya police for spreading such an awareness. “At the end of the day it is for the betterment of our own lives,” said the rider.