Traffic wardens help cops guard city roads as tourists ring in New Year

JAIPUR: At a time when citizens are immersed in celebrating the New Year, a group of 90 traffic wardens (TW) will guard city roads aiming to minimise casualties, ensure adherence to traffic rules and handle traffic jams which become rampant around midnight. The traffic wardens are a voluntary post of civilians to help traffic police is maintaining traffic in the city.
Deputy chief of Jaipur traffic wardens, , who has guarded the C-Scheme area, said, “From 9pm till 2am our wardens keep an eagle eye on every car and motorcycle. This is that time of the year when we see maximum number of drunk driving offence.”

Singhal, along with the team, guards at several places in the city helping the traffic police. Jaipur is divided into four traffic zones—North, East, West, South and has 275 wardens. “Ninety wardens have consented to report on New Year‘s eve,” said Singhal. The TW volunteers include software professionals, doctors, students and even senior citizens.

Handling traffic is not the only agenda of TW, they will be taking pictures of suspected drunk drivers and will alert the traffic police. “We don‘t interfere directly unless we are accompanied by traffic police. Under the given situation we keep a check on offenders like speeding vehicles and those playing loud music,” said , a TW guarding at .

The eldest warden is 80-year-old HL who will go around the city to motivate his wardens. “I am old enough to stay guard at one place. The aim is to save lives. Some of the unruly youngsters don‘t care about their lives and others. Our duty as active members of the civil society is to request them to follow rules,” said Bhutani. The Traffic Act allows citizens above 18 years of age to become traffic wardens. There are no mandatory service hours for them but they are expected to help the traffic police during rush hours.

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