The Transport Department, as part of its ongoing Road Safety Week celebrations, honoured drivers with an accident-free record and handed over prizes and certificates to students who excelled in various contests held in connection with road safety.
The objective of honouring the drivers was to motivate the habit of safe driving among other drivers and to inculcate among the younger generation the need to follow road safety habits and road rules.
The function was attended by Vice-Chancellors K. Karunakaran (Anna University-Coimbatore), C. Swaminathan (Bharathiar University) and Director of Human Resources, Roots Industries, Kavidasan and Deputy Transport Commissioner K.N.Uthayanun, Regional Transport Officers, T. Rajasekaran and S. Munusamy, co-ordinator of Bharathiar University NSS Unit T. Govindarajulu.
District Collector P. Umanath said that the major causes that led to deterioration of road safety standards were drunken driving, not wearing helmets while riding two-wheelers, over-speeding, rash and negligent driving and use of mobile phones while riding/driving vehicles.
He exhorted the youngsters to avoid such practices and to educate others too on road safety measures.
The Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation too, on the fifth day of the road safety week, organised a function to honour drivers without any record of accidents. An awareness programme was also conducted for other drivers. City Police Commissioner C. Sylendra Babu gave away the prizes to drivers at a function held at Sungam Depot II in the presence of General Manager E. Devarajan and Managing Director Palraj.