While addressing a press conference on Friday after the meeting with the ‘Member of Parliament’s Road Safety Committee’, Dr Vikas Mahatme, Member of Rajya Sabha and Vice-President of Nagpur Member of Parliament Road Safety Committee said, “Technical problems can be rectified, but human errors, due to lack of information and education are also the cause of road accidents, hence they can be rectified by inculcating good driving habits among the citizens. The Road Safety Month is to address such issues through public awareness.”
Dr Mahatme echoed the slogan for the road safety month, ‘Sadak Suraksha Jivan Raksha’. He further informed that as per the instructions of the Union Ministry Road Safety Month will be observed from January 18 to February 17. Several awareness programme in co-ordination with NGO and Government organizations like PWD, NHAI, Jan Akrosh, Yuva Doad Manch, Manch, Soham organization, NVCC and other organization has chocked out month long programme.
Dr Mahatme also informed that there was 27 per cent decreased in deaths in the road accidents and 32 per cent decreased in injuries due to road accidents in city during the last month. In rural also there was 13 percent of decreased in deaths and 21 per cent decreased in road accidents. He also informed that Rs 7500 crores were spend on clearing technical problems. During the month long awareness programme stickers on bike with message ‘I am following traffic rules’ will be fixed on two wheelers so that the person on who’s bike the sticker is fixed will not break signals. Eye check-up camps, board at dealers about traffic rules. “We are also working towards creating Good Samaritan, citizens to run for help if a accident takes place in front of them and not just make a video and make it viral on social media,” Dr Mahatme said. He added that emphasis on keeping road side first aid kit, to provide aid as soon as a accident happens.
Dinkar Manwar, Regional RTO and Vinod Jadhav, Deputy RTO informed that a picture vehicle will be roaming in the city, apart from this street play on road safety, square meeting by Janakrosh members, women road safety awareness rally, Gandhigiri for those breaking traffic rule, no honking day, workshop for police and drivers. Lok Adalat through insurance company to settle the accident matter as early as possible are among the activity to be followed during the road safety month. Members of NGO’s and RTO officials were present during the press conference.