Traffic police launch Road Safety Week
Mail News Service
Jamshedpur: The city reported 283 road mishaps in 2018 out of which140 people lost their lives. Every year about 100 deaths are reported due to road accidents. DTO Dinesh Ranjan revealed these data while launching Road Safety Week at Sakchi on Monday. Traffic DSP Shivendra and DTO Dinesh Ranjan jointly launched a campaign and released banners of awareness campaign. The Road Safety Awareness campaign that was launched today will continue upto February 10.
The DTO said that even the Supreme Court was also concerned about the alarming rate of road accidents. “No campaign can be successful without public support,” Dinesh Ranjan noted. He appreciated the initiative of Madhuri Dixit fan Pappu Sardar in his effort through a street corner play, spread the essential messages to the general public of keeping their vehicles locked and following traffic rules.
DSP Shivendra Sinha observed on the occasion, “Everyone should follow traffic norms to avoid congestions and more importantly, for the safety of one’s own life and limbs. Park your vehicles in the parking zones and ensure that they are locked especially in view of reports of rampant theft of vehicles. Put on your helmets, not out of fear of the police but to reach home safely to a waiting family.”
He also lauded Pappu Sardar, who presented a skit based on safety of vehicles. Pappu Sardar, the diehard fan of film star Madhuri Dixit is also a brand ambassador of JNAC along with his team of three policemen Anand Mahato, Bal Govind Mundari and Vinay Krishna Hembram were part of the street corner play. Pappu Sardar informed that 200 posters and banners had been made, which will be used to spread Traffic Safety Awareness. As per SSP Anup Birtharay’s directives, the hoardings have been put up in all the 19 police stations in the district.
Pappu said that even if a small percentage of wayfarers followed traffic norms, the incidences of accident would be greatly reduced. He said, “Following traffic norms cannot be inculcated in people by force. People have to realize the necessity and safety factors. Then only can these norms be implemented successfully.”
he further added, “We are creating awareness on dos and don’ts, and want people to follow them. We are trying to usher in a behavioral change. Awareness is an important part in curbing tragedies. We are organizing programmes to make people aware about road safety,” he averred.
“The rising cases of road accidents in the city are a matter of great concern. The over-speeding of vehicles is one of the prime reasons for the rising mishaps but the absence of traffic police and poor road conditions are equally to be blamed. Though the Road Transport Authority from time to time organizes Road Safety Week, but the end result is not very elating so far. There is no mechanism to harness over-speeding of vehicles,” opined a social worker.