Still recovering from the shock of losing his only son Prateek in a horrible road accident last month, former Minister Komatireddy Venkat Reddy has registered a charitable trust in his name to take up campaign to prevent road accidents.

Mr. Reddy is planning to highlight the need to follow safe driving. Komatireddy Prateek Foundation, which will be formally launched on February 10 in the city, will initially start its services by introducing three ambulances to ply on the Hyderabad-Vijayawada highway.

The former Minister told The Hindu on Wednesday that he was spurred into this action after undergoing personal tragedy. “It is difficult to overcome such incidents. But, I do not want other parents to suffer like me,” he added.

Mr. Reddy said that Hyderabad-Vijayawada highway had turned into a death trap with drunken and rash driving. Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, Governor E.S.L.Narasimhan and other political party leaders would be roped in for launch of the road safety drive under the aegis of the Prateek Foundation on February 14.

In a related development, the Nalgonda MLA has decided to bear the cost of construction of new buildings for the Government Junior College for Boys and Government Junior College at Nalgonda.