Mumbaikars Come Together To Celebrate Road Safety Week
Mumbai: India Road Safety Week celebrations as part of NDTV – United Spirits Road To Safety campaign, saw 200 people joining in at Mumbai’s Girgaum Chowpatty, to spread awareness about the grim realities of India’s killer roads and how people should drive with responsibility. The initiative partnered with two NGOs – Sant Nirankari Charitable Foundation and HelpAge India along with the volunteers from all walks of life who pledged their support for Road Safety.
According to the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways Data, 2015, around 1,46,133 people were killed, which boils down to 11 deaths per 100,000 people. Apart from this, 5,00,279 were injured in road accidents in India. This essentially means that India nearly lost the entire population of Shimla in a year due to road accidents.
Flagging of the ‘India Road Safety Week’ event in Mumbai, Actor, Karan Veer Mehra said,
Life just comes at 100 times the speed when a road accident is happening. All I can say is be safe, wear your guards, helmet, and seat belts. These are rules for our safety and I hope everyone adheres to it.
Among the volunteers, students from Ryan International school and Ruia College performed a skit, highlighting the importance of road safety and throwing light on different scenarios of road rage and ways to avoid them.
Volunteers of Institute of Chemical Technology and Hinduja College too actively participated in the ground event, pledging their support to the campaign and to #NeverDrinkAndDrive.
A student and volunteer of ICT added,
We forget the basic rules that need to be followed. For instance, people walk on the road with earphones plugged in and this could lead to accidents. Basic rules should be followed.
The event wrapped up with senior citizens sharing their personal experiences of having faced rash drivers. All these activities are part of a larger NDTV-United Spirits Road to Safety campaign (a Diageo initiative), which is now into its third edition. This year the objective of the campaign is to raise awareness about road safety in the country.