02/01/2015 2:34 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:24 AM IST

Punjab Cops Surprise Traffic Violators With Gifts Of Roses On New Year's Day

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NEW DELHI, INDIA JULY 15: Delhi Police official use digital camera to nab traffic violators in New Delhi. Traffic Police issued 70 still digital cameras to its zonal officers to nab stop-line violators.(Photo by Shekhar Yadav/India Today Group/Getty Images)

KAPURTHALA -- The police here held a unique exercise of distributing red roses to the violators on New Years day to spread traffic awareness among violators.

Nearly 1500 motorists, including those not wearing seat belts and two-wheeler riders without helmets, were offered roses by the traffic cops here yesterday, a senior police official said today.

"It was the first day of the new year and we thought of doing something different. The idea behind the exercise was to discipline traffic violators and to create awareness about road safety and inculcate the need to follow traffic rules," Kaputhala SSP Dhanpreet Kaur said.

Policemen offered roses to violators, who were taken by surprise, she said, adding, they have decided to rope in school children in future campaigns to assist in educating the public about traffic rules.

The response from the public about yesterday's exercise has been "very good" and the gesture has been appreciated by citizens.