Walkathon held for better road safety

As a joint initiative,Hella India Lighting Limited,ArriveSAFE NGO and Chandigarh traffic police organised a walkathon today in Chandigarh to increase awareness regarding road safety.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: August 26, 2012 4:07 am

As a joint initiative,Hella India Lighting Limited,ArriveSAFE NGO and Chandigarh traffic police organised a walkathon today in Chandigarh to increase awareness regarding road safety.

About 500 people,including Hella employees,traffic policemen and some students participated in the event. Seven different groups of people walked from sectors 17,18,21,22,8 and 9 and finally gathered at the Sector-17 market.

The motive of the walkathon was to engage and make more people aware of road safety and its associated aspects. A street play called ‘Halla Bol’ was also organised towards the end of the walk to sensitize people towards important issues like use of safety belts,no drunken driving and no over speeding.

Neema,a Hella employee,who lost her husband in a road accident in March this year,said,“People should take care about the presence of others on the roads while driving. Road rage kills,and leaves behind grieving family members of the deceased,who were dependent on him. I lost my husband at a very early age and my children are still very small.” Neema has two children,a girl who studies in class I and an elder boy who is in Class IV.

Harman Sidhu,convenor of ArriveSAFE said,“It is important for firms and police to take into account two-wheelers and not only cars for safety measures.Vehicle owners must take steps to increase visibility of their vehicles. All vehicles should also put reflecting stickers to increasing visibily during nights”.

Harman,has been running the NGO for the past ten years to increase awareness regarding road safety. He was confined to the wheelchair after he suffered major spinal injuries in a road accident.

The traffic police road safety awareness van was moving around educating the people and the traffic police department also distributed pamphlets mentioning traffic rules,dos and don’ts on highways road signals and crossing points.

Ramashankar Pandey,Managing Director of Hella India Lighting,informed that in India,a death is caused due to accident,every four minutes. He added that there is one accident every minute and the situation is like a very slow

acting poison.

Pandey said,“The walkathon was organised in Chandigarh as a part of the company’s nationwide ‘Drive Smart,Drive Safe’ initiative and is being organised first in City Beautiful. Such programmes will now be organised in other cities also. We have pledged to reduce accident deaths by about 35 percent by 2020.”

Hella also displayed a full Light Emitting Diode (LED) rear lamp,which will help in increasing road safety and does not need the bulbs to be replaced for at least five years.

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