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Road Safety Week: Transport dept awareness campaign targets commuters, transporters

Srinagar, Publish Date: Apr 25 2018 12:44AM | Updated Date: Apr 25 2018 12:44AM

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At a time when traffic jams and road-rage have become growing concerns in Kashmir, the ongoing road safety week is witnessing awareness programmes aimed to help transporters and commuters to realize importance of following traffic rules. The 29th Road Safety Week started on April 23.
Speaking to Greater Kashmir, regional transport officer Khursheed Ahmad Shah said various events have been lined-up for all stake-holders including passenger vehicle drivers, auto-rickshaw drivers and common people so that they get well versed with DOs and DON’Ts while driving.

“Total number of vehicles on Kashmir roads has touched 6.46 lakh which includes two-wheelers as well. Amid such growth, there are some drivers unaware about traffic rules and others who intentionally break rules whom we are keen to make more aware,” Shah said.
In order to create awareness among auto-rickshaw drivers, as a part of the road safety week, a rally from Parimpora to Panthachowk was held here on Tuesday which witnessed more than 200 drivers participating.

Similar activities were held in Budgam, Ganderbal, Kulgam and other districts.
Shah said 2600 road accidents took place in Kashmir in the year 2017 which was a marginal decrease compared to accidents in 2016. Shah said seminars, informative programmes and medical camps will be held during the ongoing road safety week.

“Our officials will be imparting awareness about registration, fitness of vehicles and procedures for obtaining driving licence among car owners and drivers of commercial vehicles,” Shah said.
“Checking fitness of commercial vehicles and eye check-up of drivers will also be done.” More than 60,000 new vehicles hit Kashmir roads during 2017 while more than one lakh driving licences were issued by RTO Kashmir in past 3 years.
Shah said NGOs have been roped in for traffic awareness. “These volunteers will be distributing free merchandise with slogans of road safety among drivers on traffic signals.

They will also be informing drivers about importance of safety measures such as wearing seat belts, using crash helmets and not jumping traffic signals,” Shah said.

Jammu and Kashmir government recently said in the Assembly that 1749 persons were killed in as many as 10160 road accidents in past two years.

In a written reply the state home ministry revealed that 5501 road accidents were recorded in 2016 across the state.

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