RTO organizes valediction of 30th road safety week

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Srinagar, Feb 10: Regional Transport Office (RTO), Kashmir, today organized valediction of 30thRoad Safety Week themed ‘Sadak Suraksha-Jeewan Raksha’ at the Institute of Hotel Management, Rajbagh in which DC Srinagar, Dr. Syed Abid Rashid was the chief guest.
The programme was organized to create awareness in public about various traffic rules and highlight the importance of safe driving to avoid accidents.
Syed Abid Rashid on the occasion said that road accidents have ruined many families and consumed thousands of humans beings. He impressed upon all the stake holders to take responsibility to create awareness among the people regarding the safe driving to avoid the accidents. ‘We can have a developed society, if we will follow traffic rules and safety measures while driving vehicles’, he said. “Everything cannot be dealt with tough action and punishment, so, each of us shall have to be a responsible citizen to get rid of road accidents”, he added.
Regional Transport Officer, Kashmir, Ikramulla Tak, in his speech informed about the various programmes organized by the department including rallies, free medical camps for transporters, counseling for drivers to use seat belts and bikers to use helmets.
On the occasion, Firdouse Culture Forum presented a skit to disseminate the message of Road Safety and also mesmerized audience with numbers on safe driving.
Additional Superintendent of Police, Traffic, S Dechen, Deputy Director Garages, Malik Tahir, General Manager SRTC, Farhat, Presidents of various Transport Unions, Senior Citizens, members of SDRF and NGO’s were present on the occasion.
Meanwhile, Police took an unique initiative and distributed free helmets among the motor cycle riders who were riding without helmets. The idea was to make riders aware of the fact that most of the road accidents worldwide happen on motor cycles and the chances of loss of life in such accidents is the highest as there is no safety.
Speaking on the occasion, SSP Pulwama said that the objective of this initiative is to inculcate behavioural change amongst two wheel riders and make helmet wearing intrinsic to their lifestyle.
On the occasion, locals hailed this step of Pulwama police and stressed that these initiatives should continue in future as well.