Road safety awareness programme for schoolchildren held
Vellore MLA C. Gnanasekaran has urged Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi and Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin to direct the police to strictly enforce the helmet rule to prevent fatal accidents.
Speaking at a road safety awareness programme for schoolchildren organised by the Trauma Care and Road Safety (T-CARS) Trust for the students of Williams Higher Secondary School here on Wednesday, Mr. Gnanasekaran said that while the government introduced the helmet rule, the police failed to enforce the rule, as a result of which only 10 per cent of the two-wheeler riders wore helmets. He urged the government to ensure strict enforcement of all traffic rules and the rules governing the issue of driving licences to reduce the number of road accidents. He wanted the fastening of seat belts by drivers and occupants of front seats of cars be made compulsory and the rule strictly enforced. The MLA said that the traffic on Vellore roads was so chaotic. Referring to drunken driving, he wanted the government to shift the Indian Made Foreign Liquor shops run by the Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation (TASMAC), which were located on the highways to the interior areas to prevent drunk driving. He wanted the government to introduce total prohibition. Such a move would prevent drunk driving and drastically reduce the number of road accidents, he said.
Franco Benedict, General Secretary, T-CARS Trust urged the students to have valid licences, use Indian Standards Institution (ISI)-certified full-face helmets, overtake on the right side and avoid using cell phones and applying sudden brakes while driving two-wheelers.
Dr. Benedict gave a demonstration to the school students of proper first aid to road accident victims. He presented to Mr. Gnanasekaran a document detailing the accident-prone spots on the Chennai-Bangalore National Highway in Vellore district and the steps to be taken to prevent and minimise accidents. Mr. Gnanasekaran presented to the school students compact discs of a video recording of a road safety awareness programme presented by actor Sneha.