Road Safety Week celebrations get under way

Officials of the Transport Department and AP State Road Transport Corporation have underlined the need for safety consciousness among drivers to prevent accidents and thereby bring down the growing fatalities on the roads at the inaugural of the Road Safety Week celebrations held here on Tuesday.

The top three causes of human mortality are heart attack, cancer, and accidents in that order. While monetary compensation could provide a certain amount of solace to the families bereaved by death due to accidents, no amount of money can fill the void created by death of a near and dear one.

Nine RTC drivers from Visakhapatnam Region, who put in ‘accident-free’ service ranging between 25 and 29 years, were felicitated along with their spouses on the occasion.

Deputy Transport Commissioner Md. Saleem called upon all RTC drivers to emulate their counterparts who have put in long years of ‘accident-free’ service. “You should think, when they can, why can’t I achieve the record”? He felt that was the best way for the drivers to compete among themselves for the ‘accident-free’ record.

He advised drivers against consumption of alcohol before taking to the wheel. Commending RTC drivers for maintaining top standards of safety, he said: “I always prefer RTC bus for long journeys.”

Executive Director of Vizianagaram Zone of RTC A. Ramakrishna said that drivers were the key to minimising road accidents. He commended the Visakhapatnam Region for bringing down the accident rate and added that at the national-level also APSRTC bagged an award and RTC MD A.K. Khan would receive the award in New Delhi on January 3.

Top priority

He said that RTC drivers should always remember that they had the responsibility of protecting the lives of passengers in their bus. He spoke on the top priority being given to safety in the corporation like honouring of drivers with ‘accident-free’ records and conduct of counselling programmes. Regional Manager Y. Jagadeesh Babu said that apart from the nine ‘best drivers’, who were selected for awards, the region has 412 drivers, who had an ‘accident-free’ service of four years or more.

Motor Vehicle Inspector A.H. Khan and Deputy Chief Traffic Manager (Rural) P. Jeevan Prasad spoke. Deputy CTM (Urban) Veeraiah Choudhury was present.

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