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National Road Safety Month- What is it?

For the past few years, National Road Safety Week has been organised all over the country. The aim is to spread awareness about road safety, accidents that happen, and ways to prevent such accidents from happening. This year, for the first time the awareness campaign has been organised for a whole month. Starting from January 18th lasting up to February 17th, an awareness rally is going to be held all over the country. The theme of this month is ‘Sadak Suraksha- Jeevan Raksha’ which means Road Safety-Life Protection. This awareness campaign is very important since road accidents have been on the rise and these accidents can be easily prevented.

The National Road Safety Council (NSC) conducted webinars ‘Road to Zero’ to highlight the importance of being safe on the road and the steps that can be taken to ensure safety on the road. This council aims to bring down the highest cause of preventable deaths- road accidents, down to zero by 2050.

Road safety is something that has to be followed by everyone on the road because your one mistake could be fatal to the other person. Not only drivers of the 4-wheel vehicles but also two-wheeler riders have to be careful and alert on the road. On long car journeys, the navigator or person sitting in the passenger seat should also be fully alert and awake.

So, what steps can you take to ensure that you, as well as others on the road, are safe?

  1. Follow all traffic rules- Running a red light or not wearing a helmet are some of the most common traffic rules that are ignored and considered to be a small thing. But these small things can prove to be fatal. It’s very easy to stop at a red light no matter how late you are or to invest in a good quality helmet that protects your head completely.
  2. Don’t drink and drive- You might be surprised to know how many deaths are caused due to drunk driving. You not only put yourself at risk but also pose harm to others on the road. Call a cab or ask a friend who has not been drinking to drive.
  3. Maintain your vehicle Maintaining the good condition of your vehicle can go a long way. It can not only help you reduce your expenses on preventable repairs but also ensure that you are safe on the road. There is nothing more frustrating than your car breaking down in the middle of the road and causing a roadblock.

The Government also needs to ensure that the roads are in pristine condition with no potholes. This means allocating sufficient budgets to develop roads that are underdeveloped, maintain the roads and road safety enablers and so on.

Studies have shown that nearly 400 people die of road accidents every day and many more are gravely injured. You should take a pledge to be safe on the road and keep in mind all the traffic rules before you decide to drive. Drive Safe, Be safe.

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