I Won’t Honk Campaign
The density of traffic in India has increased tremendously over the years. Honking seems to be a favorite pastime during the never-ending traffic jams.
The number of vehicles in Bangalore and also in India has grown by heaps and bounds and so has honking. We want to do away with the myth that honking leads to quick movement in traffic. It must be also brought to notice that excessive honking is also a medical hazard.
The “I won’t Honk–Citizen movement aims to create public awareness in the hope that it will be able to influence a change in the attitudes of vehicle owners and that it will bring down the need to press the horn. The initiative will come up with guidelines for the installation of horns that are within the permissible limits. The idea will be to discourage unnecessary honking and this will be done by encouraging a more disciplined approach to road traffic.
Efforts will be made to create awareness amongst drivers on the ill-effects of noise pollution via honking. The initiative plans to partner with various communities to drive the change in cities and towns across India.
The idea is to bring together the common man, Traffic Police, State Transport Agencies, Taxi and Auto associations, schools and also colleges. Corporate houses will be roped in too along with radio stations and television channels.
The core idea of the campaign is to get each driver in Namma Bengaluru to resist the urge of honking unnecessarily. Highlights of the initiative are:
• Each driver takes a pledge to not honk unnecessarily
• The driver makes a pledge to himself or herself. Rather than somebody else saying “stop honking”, this is a voluntary pledge.
• It is a citizen’s initiative. So, the campaign is not owned or driven by any individual or company. EVERYBODY owns it.
• Campaign is self-driven and promoted through technology (individuals take a pledge through web site, Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
The campaign will be launched on March 5, Tuesday from 11:00 am to 11:30 am. The BMTC, KSRTC, BIAL Taxis, few Auto Unions etc are a part of this campaign. Each participant will be given a booklet on noise pollution and how to be a catalyst for change. Rahul Dravid and the Police Commissioner will participate in this event.