The project focused on finding the major causes of the increasing number of road accidents involving minors on scooters. Attention needs to be given to create awareness among children of the harmful consequences of these accidents.
Keeping road safety in mind, we formed groups and headed outside of the school premises to observe what major problems people face when on the road.
We observed that the most important areas of concern are rash driving, scooters being driven by minors, riding more than two on a bike (tripling), overtaking, ignoring traffic lights and signs, crossing red lights and many more.
Of all the problems we observed, what most triggered our emotions were the lives of minors which were at stake as a consequence of their reckless behavior when driving scooters. Once we had decided upon the most important area seeking our attention, we moved ahead full swing. We explored different sites to obtain data on the number of underage drivers and the number of road accidents in the past among young scooter drivers.
We reached out to people in our neighborhood, discussing the problem, asking what they thought about it and what, according to them, should be done to solve the problem.
Reaching out to parents was yet another step, where we wished to inform them of the consequences of this problem and get them to consider what was most important to them: their children’s safety or giving in to their children’s demands to fit into society and fit in with their friends.
We also went to the school authorities to ensure their best possible support and make sure that our efforts would be successful and fruitful.
Being responsive to the alarm calls, we geared up and moved on the roads to create mass awareness through various different campaign methods.
The first step of campaigning was going out to the streets to present wonderful nukkad natak (street theatre) that focused on the disastrous side of the scooter driving.
Rallies were also a part of our campaign. Students in large numbers walked around the local area loudly disseminating the message; during this face-to-face interaction we directly talked to the people, recording their voices for our further actions.
Pamphlets were distributed to people and circulars were also drafted and given to parents requesting them to forbid their children to use their scooters. We even asked our neighbors not to allow children to park their two wheelers in their squares and localities.
We appointed our volunteers at the gate during morning arrival and dismissal to keep a strict check on the number of users.
The authorities were also asked to support us by providing a complete ban on children bringing scooters to school.
All our efforts turned out to be successful, with everyone being reached. Our school authorities, members of our school community, the public at large and the children themselves supported us and did what they could to help us, since they also understood the need of ensuring the safety of our youth.
Though we have done a lot already through this project, this is just a start. Much more is yet to be achieved.