National Road Safety Month
PAMPORE: As part of the ongoing National Road Safety Month 2024, from January 15 to February 14, the Traffic Police organized a road safety awareness session along the Srinagar-Jammu national highway at Chandhara Pampore area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Monday. The event witnessed active participation from numerous drivers keen on enhancing their understanding of road safety measures.
Led by SSP Traffic Rural Kashmir, Ravinder Pal Singh, along with DySP Traffic Pulwama-Shopian, Dr Mudasser Tramboo, ARTO Pulwama, Basharat Mehmood, Inspector Parvaiz Ahmad, and other officers, a special drive was conducted. This initiative encompasses various activities aimed at promoting safer road practices nationwide.
The awareness session focused on educating attendees about crucial traffic rules, and driving regulations, and emphasized the importance of wearing safety headgear such as helmets, as well as using seat belts. Special attention was given to the role of motorists in assisting victims during road accidents, Traffic police officials told Kashmir Reader.
SSP Traffic Rural Kashmir RP Singh, DySP Traffic Pulwama-Shopian Dr. Mudassir Tramboo, and ARTO Pulwama Basharat Mehmood took a proactive step by distributing helmets to a number of motorcyclists free of cost during the road safety awareness programme. “This initiative not only underscores the commitment of law enforcement to road safety but also encourages responsible behavior among road users,” an official said.
“Such initiatives are instrumental in fostering a culture of responsible driving and increasing awareness about the significance of adhering to traffic regulations. These efforts are crucial in building a safer and more conscientious road environment for all,” he added.
Motorcyclists expressed their gratitude to the traffic police for providing awareness of the importance of helmets and explained their benefits. “Traffic police provided us with free-of-cost helmets, and we extend our thanks to SSP Traffic Rural Kashmir, DySP Traffic, and ARTO Pulwama for distributing the helmets. They educated the commuters about the benefits of using crash helmets, especially in the case of an accident,” they said.
The two-wheelers appealed to fellow bikers to wear helmets while driving, emphasizing that helmets can protect against head injuries in case of accidents.
Speaking to Kashmir Reader, SSP Ravinder Pal Singh said, “We inaugurated the national road safety month on the Srinagar- Jammu national highway, and we are celebrating it on a national level. We are here in the Pampore area of the National Highway with our Deputy Superintendent of Police (Traffic), ARTO Pulwama, and the rest of the team as part of the Road Safety Month activities.”
He added, “We provided instructions to the drivers, and here we have given them awareness. Our main goal and purpose remain to explain the rules and regulations related to traffic, urging them to implement and follow these guidelines. Our aim is that those who occasionally interact with us and are subject to the Motor Vehicle Act or any provisions we have will comply with the rules and regulations.”
Only by following these rules can we effectively control the intensity of accidents and bring fatalities under control, the SSP said, adding, “We discussed several things with them, emphasizing the importance of documentation. We highlighted that vehicles must have the necessary documentation, including fitness documents. We made it clear that a vehicle without proper fitness, insurance, and pollution documents cannot operate. These are crucial documents that they must possess.”