‘Strict adherence to road rules is the only way to curb road accidents’

Krishna district Collector M. Raghunandan Rao on Saturday said that being aware of the road safety rules was not enough and one should implement them in their daily life.

Speaking after formally flagging off a walkathon from Indira Gandhi Municipal Stadium to Benz Circle, organised to mark the valediction of Road Safety Week, organised by the Transport Department, Krishna district, Mr. Rao said most people were aware of the rules that they are expected to follow while on the road, but seldom did they put them into practice.

Over-speed, use of cell phone while driving, criss-crossing the roads in violation of traffic signals and other such disobedience led to accidents, sometimes resulting in loss of lives.

He said strict adherence to road rules was the only way to curb road accidents.

The Collector said officials of Government departments, NGOs and service organisations must make concerted efforts to create accident-free society.

Reminding that the day was also observed as National Voters’ Day, Mr. Rao said youngsters must exercise their franchise in the general elections and contribute their mite in strengthening the democratic values.

City Police Commissioner B. Srinivasulu complained of non-cooperation by the public in traffic regulation.

He said even though the Police Department had been doing its best to bring order on city roads, it did not receive support of the people on the expected levels.

He said instead of confining the road safety drive to one week, the allied departments must take up a continuous awareness programme.

Later, the Collector released a calendar on road safety and this was followed by a ‘Walkathon’ flagged from Indira Gandhi Municipal Stadium. Joint Collector J. Murali, Municipal Commissioner C. Hari Kiran, Additional DCP A.V. Ramana, Deputy Transport Commissioner Ch. Shivalingaiah, RTOs Subbarao, Rajkumar and students of various schools in the city participated in the walk.

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