Terming the ‘Road Safety Week’ as a mission, Additional Road Transport Officer (ARTO) Srinagar Abdul Majid Bhat said that the mission would continue till Srinagar roads are made accident free. He said that efforts are being made to ensure obedience of traffic rules and safety of precious lives from unfortunate road accidents.
“Road Safety Week is not a mere event but a motto to stop road accidents, to ensure compliance with traffic rules and to encourage the rule followers”, said Bhat. He said that the authorities appreciate those who follow traffic rules is an effort to encourage people at large to abide the law, s the week was being observed.
“Cooperation of people is a pre condition for success of road safety while coordination between various departments is also important”, said the ARTO. “Week also is an effort to teach rules also to the driving license holders as only 50 per cent people are aware about signal lights installed recently”, he added.
“The association of bus and mini bus and other concerned was invited to participate in the road shows in order to make awareness about the traffic laws for safety of general public”, said ARTO. He said that free medical camp will be held on January 5 and road show on January 6 while in concluding function civil and high ranking officers will be invited to attend the function.
He said in the year 2011, 68 people died of bike accidents and in year 2012, only 60 people died which the department sees as an achievement.
He appealed people to cooperate with traffic department and other related agencies to make the Srinagar road accident free city. “Our motto is to make Srinagar road accident free city in the World and I appeal people to let us fulfill this effort collectively”, said Bhat.
Meanwhile, Motor Vehicle Department in collaboration with civil society group Kupwara organized Traffic Safety Week’. Deputy Commissioner Kupwara Hafeez Sarmand flagged off the event.
In an effort to aware the people about traffic rules and its need to stop road accidents, a rally was organized and the participants in rally could be seen holding banners and play cards. ARTO Kupwara A. A. Itoo, Civil Society Group Kupwara Chairman Showkat Massodi and other senior citizens were present on the occasion.
Pertinently, Civil Society has emphasized upon authorities to make regular check ups to ensure compliance of traffic rules to stop road accidents.
The traffic safety week started from January 1 will last up to January 7.