Week-long Traffic Safety Week Opens in Patna

Disaster Management Secretary Vyasji flags off safety week rally from Kargil Chowk in Patna on Monday.

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Patna: Bihar State Disaster Management Authority (BSDMA) Vice Chairman Vyasji, amidst much fanfare on Monday, flagged off a rally around the Gandhi Maidan to promote safety on the roads of Bihar.

Students and Patna police taking part in the road safety rally on Monday.Besides the city police, a number of organizations including the National Cadet Corps (NCC) and safety-conscious students and other citizens took part in today's march to spread awareness about the danger of rash driving on Bihar roads that take thousands of lives each year.

With the city police's morale high with the grand success of the just-concluded Prakash Utsav that saw hundreds of thousands of visitors from all corners of the world, the week-long traffic safety event aims to teach people the importance of following traffic and other safety laws to save thousands of innocent lives in the state.

The program also aims to involve insurance companies, bus, truck, and auto-rickshaw unions to brainstorm on ways to make Bihar roads and highways safer, Vyasji said.

Speaking on the occasion, traffic Superintendent of Police (SP) P K Das said that a number of events have been planned for the entire safety week including creating awareness about using seat belts, importance of helmets for two-wheel drivers and backseat riders.

"Zebra crossings at all major intersections and smart traffic signals throughout the state capital are some of the things that will make people's life safer but without the cooperation of the common people, these plans cannot succeed," Das said.

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