Tangmarg: Motor Vehicle Department Baramulla on Saturday conducted a ‘”Sadak Suraksha Jeevan Raksh” awareness programme among the vehicle owners in Tangmarg of Baramulla district.
“Sub Divisional Magistrate Tangmarg Shabir Ahmad Bhat was the chief guest on the occasion,” the statement said.
The aim of the programme was to sensitise the driver community about safe and disciplined driving. “It was enjoined upon the drivers to follow 10 golden rules of safe driving like using seat belt, not to over speed, keeping your vehicle fit, avoid using phone while driving and being sober on road,” the statement reads.
Speaking on the occasion SDM Tangmarg Shabir Ahmad Bhat said that the need of hour is to impart awareness about registration, fitness of vehicles and procedures for obtaining driving licence among car owners and drivers of commercial vehicles. He further said that majority of the vehicles don’t follow the road safety norms.
He urged transport department to conduct such awareness programmes on regular basis and give the drivers a basic training regarding safe driving. He further directed the officials of transport department that a booklet should be printed over the road safety measures and the same should be circulated among the stakeholders to sensitise them regarding the issue.
Assistant Regional Transport Officer Baramulla, Mohammad Zubair Lattoo said, “Ensuring road safety is a key priority for the government as India witnesses around 5 lakh accidents and 1.5 lakh deaths every year.”
He said that in order to make our roads safer, there has to be a collaborative and multi-pronged initiative that needs joint action from administration, civic authorities, automobile industry, civil society and commuters in general. “Sensitising the public about their roles in ensuring road safety is as vital as the placement of curbs, underpasses and safety features for pedestrians,” he added.