In an effort to create awareness among the motorists and the general public about the high incidents of road accidents in the country, the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has kicked off the Road Safety Week today, January 9, 2017.
The government aims to prevent and control road accidents and reduce instances of over speeding, drunk driving, helmetless driving and not wearing seatbelts, through various promotional activities. The activities include usage of safety posters, banners, safety films, and so forth.
As a part of the programme, the ministry, in association with auto industry body Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) and Delhi Police organised the ‘Walk for Safety’ – from India Gate to Shastri Bhawan – to initiate the ‘Road Safety Week’ earlier today in the capital.
Road accidents killed 1,48,000 people in 2015, up from 1,36,000 in 2011 and 1,41,526 in 2014, according to a report released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). The report stated that road accidents made up 83 percent of all traffic-related deaths last year and 43 percent of all accidental deaths in the country. Read More…