People should understand the magnitude of the problem, says DCP
The city-based Sudheekshan Foundation, which has been taking up a number of programmes to create awareness about road safety, launched a signature campaign on the issue on Wednesday. The campaign was kicked off by Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) M. Ravindranath Babu, Transport Commissioner A. Mohan, District Youth Welfare Office Velaga Joshi and others participated.
Mr. Ravindranath Babu said that the city police would continue to organise programmes on road safety as was done for a month recently. The people should respond to such campaigns, and understand the magnitude of the problem. The number of road accidents could be brought down if the people cooperated with the police, he said. Mr. Mohan said that the Transport Department was organising SAFAR (Safety Always For All Roads) programme on road safety. A special vehicle would be arranged for the purpose and the department would conduct awareness programmes every month. Mr. Joshi said that NSS volunteers would be involved in road safety awareness and traffic regulation. A practical awareness programme would be conducted for youth in association with the city police.Sudheekshan Foundation chairperson Chigurupati Vimala said that the campaign was launched in memory of her son Sudheekshan who died in a road accident in 2006. The campaign would be organised in colleges in the city. The loss of youth's life was not just a loss to a family. It was a loss to the society as well. She referred to the death of Indian archery coach Ch. Lenin in a road accident and said his death abruptly brought to an end the bringing of laurels to the country in the field of archery. “Parents should respond to the situation. They should not gift speed and power vehicles to their children, so that road accidents could be avoided to a large extent,” she remarked.
Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) A.V. Ramana, Rotarian Babu Rao and others were present.