Walkathon starts road safety drive

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HTNAVIMUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Navi Mum­bai po­lice traf­fic depart­ment has or­ga­nized a fort­night long ‘Road Safety Cam­paign’ that was of­fi­cially in­au­gu­rated on Mon­day by ac­tor Bo­man Irani. It is be­ing sup­ported by For­tis hos­pi­tal. The drive that be­gan on Sun­day will con­tinue till Jan­uary 23.

The cam­paign was flagged off with a walkathon for the res­i­dents of Navi Mum­bai and For­tis’ Road Safety Mo­bile Van was also un­veiled as first leg of the cam­paign.

The cam­paign will com­prise road safety drills, first-aid train­ings at school and col­lages, street plays with NSS stu­dents, Women’s Hel­met Rally, ‘Show way to an am­bu­lance’ pro­gramme and flash mobs across high foot­fall ar­eas.

Irani said: “Our health is in our hands. Sim­i­larly is the case with traf­fic rules. Our safety is in our hands and so it is time for ac­tion now. We need to spread the mes­sage and it is our duty.”

Navi Mum­bai po­lice com­mis­sioner Prab­hat Ra­jan said: “With an in­crease in num­ber of young driv­ers and newer cars on the roads, road safety has emerged as one of the ma­jor con­cern for Navi Mum­bai. A num­ber of ac­ci­dents and deaths will be averted if road safety mea­sures are in­cul­cated and fol­lowed by driv­ers and pedes­tri­ans.”

To em­pha­sis the im­por­tance of giv­ing way to life-sav­ing am­bu­lances, a ‘Show Way to an Am­bu­lance’ rally is be­ing or­ga­nized on Sun­day.

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

■ Ac­tor Bo­man Irani at the in­au­gu­ra­tion of the Road Safety Week at Vashi on Wed­nes­day.

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