Kolkata: In a unique move the North 24-Parganas district administration has taken up an initiative to involve various schools in the road safety awareness campaign started by the state government.The state Transport department is all set to start classes on road safety issues in the schools, so that both state government-aided and private schools work together with the district administration towards effective monitoring and implementation of the ‘Safe Drive, Save life’ campaign, a brain child of the Chief Minister. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAccording to a senior Transport department official in the district, classes would be introduced in the schools whereby the students would be imparted basic knowledge on road safety issues. As per the official, the work education teachers of these schools would be asked to conduct the classes for the benefit of school students. The school authorities would also be asked to follow certain guidelines regarding the road safety measures, failing which strict action will be taken against the school authorities, the official said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedA high level committee has been formed comprising various senior officials of the districts, who will monitor all aspects related to the campaign from time to time. It will visit schools in all the five sub-divisions to take stock of the overall campaign.It will also submit reports to the district magistrate of North 24-Parganas, about the implementation of road safety awareness classes in these schools.According to the instructions, various schools that are situated on the state highways or national highways, should have a demarcated place exclusively for boarding and de-boarding the school students to and from the buses or pool cars. It may be mentioned here that the district administration has already been successfully implementing the ‘Safe Drive, Save Life’ campaign of the Chief Minister. Gigantic electronic displays have been installed in all the important places across the district, making people aware about road safety guidelines.Pictorial illustrations are being put on display so that issues draw the attention of people passing through the important intersections. The district administration claimed that due to rigorous campaign on road-safety related issues, the number of accidents has gone down in the state.According to the Transport department official, utmost importance is being laid on awareness classes which will be conducted in all the schools shortly, so that students are taught what to do or what not to do while travelling in pool cars or school buses.”We would take steps against the school authorities if they are found to have flouted any of the guidelines issued by the district administration,” a senior government official in the district said.