Though commuters are aware of the road safety rules and measures, there is every possibility of taking things for granted. The campaign not only helps one broaden their awareness on traffic rules and sense but also inspires many to abide by it, said a few of the passersby who took part in the quiz during the two-day tableau on Road Safety organised by The Hindu in association with Shriram Panorama Hills.
“One should not respond to the mobile phones while driving. Half the accidents can be avoided if they follow this simple rule,” said AGM of Narayana College N. Srinivasa Rao, offering a tip during the campaign at the RK Beach on Sunday. Others suggested that being preoccupied while driving, not wearing helmets and not abiding by the traffic signals appear to be main causes for accidents.
On the second day, the truck with the mangled car started off from GVMC to Zoo via Jail Road Market in the morning. In the evening, the truck was taken round the city passing through the roads of RK Beach and Maddilapalem. The tableau was flagged off by Deputy Transport Commissioner Md. Salim. Appreciating the initiative, he said that one can also collect leaflets on road safety at the Transport Department. “Life is short and valuable. Everyone should strictly follow traffic rules. Accidents appear to be rampant among the youth between 20-25 years of age. Strict adherence to traffic rules can prevent most of the accidents,” he said.
The campaign was held in line with the ‘Decade of Action for Road Safety’ (2011-2020) declared by the UN General Assembly. The truck carrying the mangled car and the quizzing with gifts on the offer drew attention of the passersby.
Motor Vehicle Inspectors A.H. Khan, R.C.H. Srinivas and M. Butchi Raju and others were present.