LIFE

Safety is the watchword

Tips on road safety  

STUDIES REVEAL that in India about 75,000 people die every year in road accidents leading to an economic loss of Rs. 550 billion per annum. The figure is constantly growing and it has been recognised that accident prevention and control requires a multi-disciplinary approach involving the government, industry, road users and the non-governmental organisations.

One small error in judgement could result in losing a number of precious lives in a road mishap.

In order to impart road safety education, Bajaj Auto and Rydon Auto jointly organised road safety awareness programmes in leading city colleges. The Traffic Police assisted them in their endeavour. The programme was an initiative by these organisations to make the city roads safer.

It primarily aims at inculcating safe driving habits among the youngsters, especially those who commute in two-wheelers.

The programme was conducted at the GRD College of Science, Nirmala College and Avanashilingam Deemed University recently.

The Commissioner of Police, Sanjay Arora, was the chief guest.

Bajaj Auto had organised such programmes in Chennai, Pondicherry, Madurai and Tiruchi to spread road safety awareness especially among the youth.

A total of 22,000 students will be covered in Tamil Nadu. This programme will also be conducted at Salem. Besides the Traffic Police, the RTO authorities also actively took part in organising the show.

"To provide an impetus to the concept of road safety, lectures, audio-visual presentations, practical demonstration, quiz programmes and distribution of road safety manuals were organised. The booklet lays stress on the importance of vehicle maintenance, especially tyres, which are the cause of several serious accidents", R. Chandrasekar, Regional Manager, Bajaj Auto, Tamil Nadu, said.

On the speciality of the bike, Bajaj Spirit, he said that the vehicle was specially designed for teenagers, who are on the move, with a combination of power, style, comfort and safety. "We aim at spreading awareness on harmless riding and bringing an attitudinal change among road users thereby reducing stress and lowering the incidence of road accidents", he added.

By Vidyashree Amaresh