Kapurthala: In a unique way to spread traffic awareness among people, the police here greeted the traffic violators with red roses on New Years day. Nearly 1,500 motorists, including those not wearing seat belts and two-wheeler riders without helmets, were offered roses by the traffic cops, a senior police official said. "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. The response from the public about the exercise has been "very good" and the gesture has been appreciated by citizens.