Govt to open Road Safety Clubs in schools and colleges to prevent accidents

Hyderabad: TelanganaTransport Minister P Mahender Reddy said on Tuesday that the government will open Road Safety Clubs in educational institutions to prevent road accidents in the State.

Launching a Road Safety Club at Saint MartinA�EngineeringA�CollegeA�at Dulapally along with MP Malla Reddy as part of road safety week, the minister exhorted the youth and voluntary organizations to come forward to prevent road accidents.

Expressing concern over the increasing number of fatalities due to road accidents, he said that Road Safety Clubs will prove handy as awareness will be created among the students. He said that the people should stop drunk drive and take all precautions by having traffic sense, decreasing speed, reckless driving, etc.A� Students should be wary of the accidents which can be avoided by following traffic and road safety norms he said adding that driving training centes will be opened to avoid accidents in the State on the lines of one in Siricilla. Efforts will be made to enhance State brand image by creating awareness through clubs to be opened from schools to university level as per the wish of KCR to make Telangana accident-free State. Wearing helmet and seat belt will make the peopleA�and youth follow road safety measures, the minister said.

A�Mahender Redy said that of 5 lakh road accidents across the nation, 1.50 lakh people are dying in road accidents including 7000 fatalities out of 20000 accidents in the State. Most of the deceased are in the 18- 22 years age group and their deaths are causing irreparable loss to the State and the nation, he said. -NSS

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