At a time when awareness campaigns are shrinking to virtual spaces, Fahadh still likes to sweat it out all alone in the open for the causes that he believes in. For the past 20 days, he has been on a mission to raise awareness of road safety by cycling through the nook and corner of the district.
But unlike the usual road safety programmes aimed at motorists, he is concentrating on pedestrians, who, according to Fahadh, is the cause for a large number of accidents.
“Barring a few cases of intentional rash driving, no one drives with an intention to kill. The number of accidents can be reduced if pedestrians are careful and patient. I have observed that only a few people actually use the zebra-line while crossing over. Even those who use it are impatient and often jump into the road, unmindful of the traffic. Another common problem is that people rarely use the footpath,” Fahadh says. This is not the first time that Fahadh has taken up such an initiative. In 2006, he cycled from Thiruvananthapuram to Kasaragod, again to campaign for road safety.
A volunteer at the trauma care unit at the Government Medical College here, Fahadh embarked on this journey after many experiences of rescuing people injured in road accidents.
In the past 10 years as a volunteer, he says he has given first aid and brought to the hospital close to 500 people, a few of whom did not survive. He has been a constant presence in rescue efforts in the district after the Kadalundi train accident and the Pulloorampara land slide.
Over the past few days, he has visited schools in Feroke, Ramanattukara, and Kadalundi, to give awareness classes to students. He also positions himself at busy junctions and advices ‘erring pedestrians.’ Armed with his microphone, he also cycles through various localities, spreading awareness messages.
During the one-month trip, he plans to visit all the schools in the district. But he says that it depends on how much funds he can attract to print more awareness notices.
“The major expense is the notices that I distribute to students and pedestrians. Right now, am strapped for funds as I do not have a regular job,” he says.