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From today, traffic police to push for UN’s road safety drive

mumbai Updated: May 11, 2011 01:54 IST
Neha Ghatpande

At least one person dies in a road accident every day and in most cases, the driver is found either speeding or indulging in rash driving, revealed the state transport department.

To create road safety awareness among the public, the United Nations has declared 2011-20 as Decade of Action for Road Safety from May 11.

As part of the initiative, from Wednesday, the Mumbai traffic police and Western India Automobile Association (WIAA) will put up 550 placards and banners to spread the message of road safety, conduct trainings and organise medical camps for public transport drivers.

The traffic police will also rope in NGOs to perform street plays outside busy railway stations such as Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and Churchgate station.

Eye check-up camps will be held at the traffic police’s headquarters at Worli and WIAA head office at Churchgate for public transport drivers, including tempo and truck drivers.

"We will also conduct defensive driving training for all drivers at our Worli headquarters," said Nandakumar Chaugule, deputy commissioner of traffic police. In Maharashtra, the highest number of accidents is registered in Mumbai, the traffic police said. “Speed is the real killer and also indiscipline, such as not wearing the helmets, seat belts. This decade should become the safest for all drivers,” said Chaugule.

WIAA plans to distribute helmets to children riding on two-wheelers with their parents at Churchgate, conduct trainings and medical camps at their office for public transport drivers throughout the week.

“We have taken the initiative and are supported by transport department. The state transport commissioner will conduct meeting to discuss future plans to improve road safety,” said Nitin Dossa, executive chairman, WIAA.