Drunken driving and driving without proper safety equipment like helmets and seat belts are among the reasons for deaths and injuries in accidents. The level of deaths and injuries due to these reasons is unacceptable, said Gayle Di Pietro,Global Safety Manager for Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP).
Gayle who was in the city today informed that two states in India namely Punjab and Andhra Pradesh have been picked for the Road Safety-10 programme. The programme is being started in 10 countries including Brazil,China,Egypt,Russia and Vietnam among others.
In Punjab,the pilot project would be initiated in Jalandhar. Attempts would be made to use the examples of good practices from across the world in the chosen cities.
Drunken driving is a major problem. We would work with the government,study the legislations and then suggest measures to improve the system. Programmes for creating awareness about the hazards of drunken driving would be held, she said.
Pietro added that by early next year the methodology and material would be ready that could be used at other places as well. GRPS is also conducting a baseline survey to know about the rate of accidents in the State. For this data is being collected from various sources including hospitals and clinics.
GRPS would be working in collaboration with NGO ArriveSafe for the implementation of the programme. Harman Sidhu,President of ArriveSafe said that they would be the local partners and help with the execution of activities.
GRPS would be training the trainers. We would facilitate the propagation of the awareness programmes. Road safety is a major concern and there is a need to make the people aware about the measures that they can take, he said.
The launch of Decade of Road Safety 2011-2020 would be held on May 11.