Dibrugarh, April 25: The 29th National Road Safety Week began in Dibrugarh on April 23. With a host of events aimed at combating the menace of road accidents that, as per estimates, had claimed around 1.5 lakh deaths in the last two years, the first day of the week was devoted to a publicity drive in the vicinity of the town and a joint drive exercise against drunken driving, over loading and riding without helmet. The subsequent day was characterised by events including free eye check-up camp at M.J.B.T, Dibrugarh and riding training by Rahul Honda at District Transport Office (DTO) Campus. On Wednesday, a public meeting was held at the DTO campus which was graced by many dignitaries including RTA members – Senior Journalist, Ikbal Ahmed; Educationalist, Prakash Gogoi. The meeting was anchored by Journalist, Ratan Hazarika, and was also attended by MVI and few other luminaries.
The speakers spoke on the crucial role of traffic signals in preventing incidents of road accidents. By referring to a steep rise in the number of road accidents, they requested the gathering to follow the traffic rules. They accepted the fact that road accidents could also be attributed to bad road conditions and hilly terrain, and were not just confined to the recklessness of drivers. They, therefore, held that although road accidents could not be eliminated just by obeying traffic rules, the speakers expressed firm sense of belief over the fact that the menace could be reduced significantly with responsible driving. Keeping in line with the spirit, an awareness camp would be organised at Tiloi, Moran on April 26, followed by an awareness camp at City Safari, B.O.C. Gate, Duliajan. The last three days of the week would see events like joint drives against drunken driving and other unsafe practices and training exercises on riding.