A Staff Reporter,
Bokajan: The newly posted SDPO of Bokajan IPS Pusparaj Singh in collaboration of Khatkhati police team observed a road safety awareness programme to mark the 28th Road Safety Week here on Wednesday morning.
The police team intercepted each vehicle moving to and fro the Khatkhati Police check post and distributed chocolates amongst the traffic law abiding citizens for wearing helmets and seat belts.
The police team also initiated a soft approach towards the errant drivers as well as riders by pasting a 'Danger Mark' on their vehicles hoping to remind them of the safety measures each time they sit to ride and drive. The toll of traffic accident related deaths are getting a significant rise each year despite a national road strategy and laws on speed limits, safety gears and drunk driving.
There were around 464,000 road accidents in 2015 compared to 450,000 in 2014; an increase of 3 percent annually.
Briefing the media persons, IPS Pusparaj Singh said, "Assam police have been observing road safety awareness programme as part of the 28th Road Safety Week annually every year. It has been seen that the peoples here are least aware of the road safety measures and are oblivious towards the helmet culture.
Peoples here are avoiding safety gears as a matter of practice and hence we are distributing chocolates amongst the traffic law abiding citizens to inspire the others.
We shall continue this in a regular basis and bring about the safety gear culture as a regular practice into the life of the common peoples."