Cops turn to poetry to get home message against drunk driving | Goa News
Margao: Even though Goa Police have been emphasizing zero tolerance towards drunk driving following a rise in alcohol-driving accidents, a social media campaign led by the state police department on the issue has made silent waves across the state. .
A poignant poem in Konkani, by Ramesh Saju Ghadi, urging people not to drive after a drinking binge, has been adapted into a clip used in the campaign. Actor Rajesh Pednekar lent his voice to the poem.
Sharing the clip on his official Twitter account, State Superintendent of Police (DGP) Jaspal Singh said he hoped motorists would follow the video’s message. Furthermore, he urged citizens to “spread the message widely”.
The poem titled “Sovoi soddun di re paddi” (Breaking the Bad Habit) uses slang words to convey the message of road safety and the poet feels that this is precisely the strength of his verses. “No one wants to be informed, but a poem can deliver the same message with the desired impact,” Ghadi told TOI.
The poem begins with a note of caution, with the poet drawing the reader’s attention to the dangers of drunk driving.
Sovoi soddun di re paddi, piyevn naka chollounk gaddi/Lorry, boshi, truck-a mhoreant monsham mhollear foska-kaddi in the streets matter least)
He then attempts to tug at readers’ heartstrings in the following verses in order to appeal to their senses.
Denvteo, chodd’tteo, volt-ancher naka re korunk overtake/Ekteacho sutt’tta tabo, dusrealo brake fail
(Don’t overtake on turns, hills and inclines / While one loses control, the other’s brakes fail)
Ishta mojea ugodd dolle GMC-it vochun polle/bhendda dhompram moddun koshe, polloi beddar poddlea gulle
(Open your eyes, my friend, and see the fate of those broken GMC/Bones, they’re now lying on beds, motionless)
Motor-bike-a speed tuji, matshi baba unni kor/ husko avoi kaddtta ghora, ghott sodinch motint dhor
(Slow down the speed of your bike a little / Your anxious mom is waiting for you at the door, always remember)
Pednekar’s baritone voice narration is accompanied by visuals that infuse pathos into the performance and add a touch of empathy to the message. The concluding verses convey messages to “always wear your helmet”, “don’t use a cell phone while driving” and dial 108 in the event of an accident.
Police hope Ghadi’s poem will help their campaign against drunk driving.
“There has been a tremendous increase in the number of road traffic fatalities,” said Dharmesh Angle, Dy SP traffic (South Goa). “The Goa Police have decided to no longer show leniency in such cases. We have started to intervene massively in cases of drunk driving and speeding, whether day or night.
Angle said that if minors violate traffic rules, the parents of those children will be prosecuted. “The vehicle belongs to you and you are responsible for your child’s behavior on the road. Irresponsible driving can result in the death of others; we will not tolerate it,” Angle said.