Hailakandi: The 30th National Road Safety Week got underway in Hailakandi district on Monday. The road safety week is being observed from February 4-10 this year, against its usual practice of holding it in January. Like the previous year, the theme of this year is same : ‘Sadak Suraksha- Jeevan Raksha’.
District Development Commissioner, Amalendu Roy inaugurated the road safety week in the presence of District Transport Officer, DN Das and district administration officials and traffic police personnel. A procession to create awareness about traffic rules was brought out in which scores of students and teachers participated. The procession traversed through the main thoroughfares of Hailakandi town.
The district transport authorities with the traffic police will undertake a slew of road safety measures and awareness campaigns on road safety to reduce the number of road accidents across the district. A special enforcement drive is being carried out by the district transport authority with the help of traffic police.
Around 1.5 lakh people lose their lives in road accidents in the country every year, which causes economic hardships and emotional trauma for the families. Motor vehicles’ population is increasing at a rate of 10% every year. Rising traffic on roads and resultant accidents were one of the leading causes of death, disability and hospitalisation among people,” an official of the district transport said, adding that the accident prevention relies on 4Es - Education, Enforcement, Engineering and Emergency care. Studies conducted by the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways show that 78% of road accidents occur due to the fault of the drivers.