Essay writing to be held for 10,000 students belonging to 100 schools

Andhra Pradesh Lorry Owners Association (APLOA) along with several organisations like Eicher, RAMCOR, ITC and Voluntary Health, Education and Economic Development Unit (VHEEDU) will conduct essay writing competition for 10,000 students as part of the 2014 National Road Safety Week.

Association general secretary and Road Safety Committee chairman Y.V. Eswara Rao, addressing a press conference on Friday, said that the primary objective of this mega event was to promote awareness among students who were getting involved in road accidents in large numbers.

Essay contest

He said that an essay competition would be conducted for 10,000 children belonging to 100 schools on the topic “Role of students in Road Safety”. He said that there was a death every 35 minutes in Andhra Pradesh and 20 per cent of those killed in the road accidents were students. The target group of the essay competition was those from eighth, ninth and tenth Standards, Mr. Rao said.

Schools interested in sending students to participate in the contest that would be held in their respective schools from October 19 to 31 should contact 94419-58650. The essay should not exceed 500 words and the time limit for writing it is 60 minutes.

Krishna Deputy Transport Commissioner Ch. Sivalingaiah said that the technology for building both the roads and the vehicles had developed with additional safety features, but the accidents and deaths were increasing. This was because of negligence and poor awareness among the commuters, he said.

RAMCOR Managing Director K.V.S. Prakash Rao said that Eicher was at the forefront of the Road Safety Awareness movement. Many awareness films sponsored by Eicher had won awards. The RAMCOR along with Eicher was participating in the “Students Safe to School- Safe to Home campaign.”

Safety

VHEEDU chairman and safety committee secretary M.Vasu said that there were 387 deaths in the 1,800 road accidents that occurred in the city within 10 km radius this year.

There were 46 students among the victims, he said. The essay would provoke the students to think about the dangers of road accidents and come up with ways of reducing accidents.

Mr. Sivalingaiah later flagged off a mass media audio-visual vehicle sponsored by APLOA, Eicher, Ramcor, ITC and VHEEDU

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