Wearing a fluorescent jacket and gloves and sweating profusely under the hot sun, V Vinod* stood at the Ega theatre junction on Saturday morning, offering words of advice to traffic violators even as traffic police personnel looked on.
The Class XII student, a resident of Pulianthope, was there at the direction of a juvenile justice board (JJB) judge who asked him to carry out the task as a penalty for knocking down a woman when he was riding a bike without having a valid driving licence in January this year. The woman Parvathi, a resident of K P Nagar in Pulianthope, escaped with injuries in the accident.
Residents nabbed the boy and handed him over to the traffic police who registered a case and filed a chargesheet against him before the JJB court in Kellys near Purasawalkam. Vinod was riding his friend’s bike when the accident took place.
Vinod admitted to the judge on Friday that he was responsible for the accident and vowed that he would never commit any offence again. The judge then ordered him to man traffic along with police personnel for 16 hours over two days in four-hour spells.
As per the order, Vinod was asked to man traffic at the Ega theatre junction on Saturday and Sunday from 8am to noon and again from 4pm to 8pm.
Kilpauk traffic enforcement police inspector R Anbalagan said, “We trained the boy to counsel road users not to cross the red line once the lights turn red.”
He was also asked to advise riders at the signal to wear helmets. “The boy was obedient and followed all our instructions,” added Anbalagan.