30th Road safety awareness week commences across Kashmir

Series of programmes held to stress importance of safe driving

Srinagar, Feb 4: A series of awareness programmes about the road safety measures and traffic rules were today held across all the districts of Kashmir division as part of 30th road safety week, organized by Motor Vehicle Department with this year’s theme as Sadak Suraksha Jeewan Raksha.
At Srinagar emphasizing on massive awareness among people about the road safety measures and traffic rules, Regional Transport Officer Kashmir, Akram-ullahTak stressed for celebrating 30th Road Safety Week to ensure greater participation of general people to accomplish the mission.
The Regional Transport Officer Kashmir flagged-off an awareness rally from Indian Institute of Hotel Management (IIHM), Rajbagh in presence of SSP Traffic City, Tahir Gilani, General Manager SRTC (Operations) Farhat Jan, General Manager SRTC (Mechanics) Mushtaq A Chanda and Deputy Director Garages, Malik Tahir.
The 30th Road Safety Awareness Week themed that began today comprises of host of awareness functions by way of distribution of pamphlets, awareness for overloading and overcrowding, use of seat belt and helmets, reflective tape and under safety protective devices, wrong side driving and lane driving, traffic signal jumping and using of mobile phones while driving, seminar and workshop for vehicle fitness.
The Road Safety Week would also be observed by organizing awareness activities like Rallies, Symposium, Painting Competition of school and college students, Health check-up cum awareness camp of drivers and passenger service vehicles, awareness of motorists at crossings by volunteers and wide publicity through print and electronic media.
On the occasion RTO Kashmir said, Traffic Department and Civil administration will be working in sync with Motor Vehicles Department, to make the Road Safety Week a success in terms of awareness regarding traffic rules especially use of seat belts and helmets besides discouraging use of mobile phones while driving among masses to minimize road accidents and violations.
At Pulwama Deputy Commissioner Pulwama G.M Dar today flagged off a rally in connection with 30th Road Safety Week celebrations at General Bus stand Drussu Pulwama.
The rally was organized by the ARTO Pulwama under the aegis of Motor Vehicles Department in which a number of sumo vehicle drivers participated. The rally passed through various routes including Main Bazar, Circular Road, Tahab road and other adjacent areas.
At Kulgam to stimulate Community involvement in promoting road safety awareness and to disseminate information about traffic rules Deputy Commissioner Kulgam Dr Shamim Ahmad Wani flagged- off a Tata maximoo Passenger auto rally from Mini Secretariat with an aim to create awareness among masses. In this rally, around 30 tata Maximoo from different parts of the district participated.
At Ganderbal to make people more aware of the traffic rules and to persuade them to follow rules while on road, a colourful rally was flagged off by the District Development Commissioner Ganderbal, Dr. Piyush Singla from Mini-Secretariat Ganderbal to Nagbal with an aim to sensitize people about the importance of following traffic rules to prevent road accidents in the district.
At Shopian an awareness programme was inaugurated by Additional District Development Commissioner Shopian Muhammad Saleem Malik today at mini secretariat Arhama Shopian in which drivers and general public participated. On the occasion, Additional District Development Commissioner and other speakers threw light on the key issues of safe driving. Safety stickers, pamphlets and other print material relating to better roads and the safe journey was also distributed.
At Bandipora Deputy Commissioner Bandipora Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary inaugurated the Road Safety Week by flagging off a walkathon from Mini-Secretariat Bandipora to the town square Bandipora.
During the week the Motor Vehicles Department aims to create awareness among the people about Road Safety and the importance of following the road safety rules.
At Anantnag In order to sensitize the general public, particularly the drivers regarding the importance of traffic rules for safe driving and ensure mass involvement, a grand function was organised by Motor Vehicle Department in collaboration with Traffic Police Anantnag at DakBunglow Anantnag, where the Additional Deputy Commissioner Anantnag Showkat Ahmad Rather in presence of Additional SP Anantnag, Dy. SP Traffic and ARTO Anantnag flagged off a rally comprising of bikes and other vehicles.
At Kargil acting Chairman and Chief Executive Councilor, LAHDC, Kargil Nassir Hussain Munshi launched the 30th Road Safety Week celebrations at Auditorium Hall Kargil here today.
The Safety Week organized by the Motor Vehicle Department Kargil would be featuring an array of programmes focusing on awareness of road safety, traffic rules and prevention of accidents.
At Baramulla a rally was flagged off by Senior Superintendent of Police Baramulla Mir Imtiyaz Hussain in presence of officers of traffic police, district administration and representatives of driving institutions, auto unions, automobile dealers which after passing through different areas of the district culminated at the starting point.
At Leh, Deputy Commissioner, Leh Avny Lavasa while inaugurating the 30th National Road Safety Week in Leh said that Road safety is becoming an emerging problem in the country which can be reduced by disseminating more and more awareness among the people about traffic rules and regulations.
Later, the Deputy Commissioner flagged off a rally of vehicles, which went to various places of Leh to carry out the road safety campaign.