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Virat Kohli Bats For Safer Roads, Urges Everyone To Take A Pledge To Never Drink And Drive

Highlighting the dangers of drinking and driving Cricket team captain Virat Kohli in his message on the occasion of National Road Safety Week said that 19 people die everyday because of driving under the influence of alcohol

Written By: Gopi Karelia | Edited By: Sonia Bhaskar | April 26, 2018 1:03 PM | Road Safety Week

Virat Kohli Bats For Safer Roads, Urges Everyone To Take A Pledge To Never Drink And Drive

Mumbai: As India observes Road Safety Week from April 23 to 30, Cricket team captain Virat Kohli has a message for millions of his fans. In a recently shared video, the skipper highlighted the importance of road safety and the problem of drink and drive in the country. In the video he is seen urging everyone to refrain from driving under the influence of alcohol.

“In India 19 people die everyday because of driving under the influence of alcohol. That is almost 6,700 plus people every year. Today I take a pledge to never drink and drive. I want everyone to join hands with me in taking the pledge,” tweeted the right-handed batsman.

This isn’t the first time Virat Kohli batted for safe driving. He had raised a similar concern last year and said, “Please be safe on roads, follow all the rules. Take care of your safety and the safety of people around you. A lot of lives are at stake when you drive so please be responsible and never drink and drive.”

From the cricket fraternity, Indian Premier League chairman Rajeev Shukla also made a similar appeal during the road safety week and said, “On #RoadSafetyWeek I appeal all to follow traffic rules and drive safely. Always remember, safety should be the first priority while on road.”

At least 17 deaths occur every hour in our country due to road accidents, according to a report on Road Accidents in India 2016, published by Transport Research wing under Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, Government of India.

With an aim to prevent road accidents in India and spread awareness on Dos and Don’ts to be followed for road safety, the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has organised the ongoing 29th Road Safety Week with the theme ‘Sadak Suraksha – Jeevan Raksha’ (Road Safety – Protection to Life).

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