Safety First: 25th National Road Safety Week Kicks Off From India Gate

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 Children MArch at India Gate as par of Road Safety Week

25th National Road Safety Week is underway. The campaign is organized jointly by Delhi Traffic Police, Society of Indian Autmobile Manufacturers, the Ministry of Highways and the International Road Federation. Mr Vijay Chibber, Secretary, Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) kicked off the Road Safety Week. India accounts for 10 per cent of the total road accident deaths in the world” said Mr Vijay Chibber speaking on the occasion. The others who were present on the occasion included Mr Anil Shukla, Additional CP, Traffic, Mr I.V.Rao, from Maruti and Mr T.K.Amla from CRRI

A new traffic campaign ‘When on Road Pehle Aap’ is a part of the 25th National Road Safety Week. “The campaign Pehle Aap has been initiated to make Roads safer. Discipline drivers and bring down number of deaths due to road accidents.

Mr Vijay Chibber(Red cap) along with Taj Hassan  at India gate

A march by students, Delhi Traffic police personnel and various NGO’s at India Gate was the major highlight of the campaign. The march commenced from C-Hexagon point at India Gate, moved along Rajpath, Ashoka Road, Rajendra Prasad Marg and terminated at Jawahar Bhavan.

Delhi Traffic Police has initiated various steps to discipline road users in the capital including e-challaning, use of cameras and continuous road safety programs. This has helped in bringing the fatal accident figure to 1800 during the year 1013 as compared to more than 2000 in the previous years” said Mr Taj Hassan, Special Commissioner Police, Traffic.

“Delhi Traffic Police along with International Road Federation (IRF) has started a major initiative of installing retro-reflective tapes covering ten lakh bicycles in the capital. More than 25,000 bi-cycles have already been fixed with reflective tapes free of cost. This helps make bicycles a safer mode of transportation on various busy roads , particularly during late hours. The campaign is being carried out in 57 locations identified by the Delhi Traffic Police in various parts of the capital in five phases.” Said Mr K.K.Kapila, Chairman, International Road Federation speaking on the occasion.

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