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Driving you crazy?

Roads are getting wider, and swanky new cars have replaced the good ol’ white Ambassador. A silent prayer to bless the flyover techies and builders, but there goes a simultaneous curse to the Kolkata driver. The same guy who rushes past the other cars rashly, whether from the left or the right, or if it’s an ambulance in distress or a sweaty rickshawpuller, is immaterial. The driving scene is bad. SK Mitra, deputy commissioner, traffic (II), explained, “It’s true that 75 per cent of the accidents occur due to faulty driving, while the rest 25 per cent can be attributed to the commuters and pedestrians.”
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PM to dedicate to nation Jaipur-Kishangarh expressway

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will dedicate to the nation India’s first six-lane Jaipur-Kishangarh expressway, a part of the Golden Quadrilateral Project, when he comes here on a two-day visit on Monday.
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Emblem: Police dial Centre

TAKING note of the Newsline report, ‘‘Central government officials flouting ministry orders on National Emblem,’’ UT Police have written to the Ministry of Home Affairs, asking it the law under which the officials can be penalised for the violation.

The report had exposed some officials of the Central government for sporting a National Emblem on their official vehicles in strict violation of the orders issued by Ministry of Home Affairs.

A UT Police official said they cannot take action against these violators.

Chandigarh Newsline

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Police must be people-friendly, says Justice D. Sreedevi

The police in Kerala need to become more people-friendly, said Justice D.Sreedevi who inaugurated a seminar organised by the Kerala Police Association in Tripunithura.
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United States, India Sign Open Skies Aviation Agreement

The United States and India signed an Open Skies aviation agreement April 14, replacing a restrictive 1956 agreement and providing passenger and cargo air carriers from both countries unlimited access to each other’s markets.

The agreement removes restrictions from Indian and American air carriers in establishing routes between and within the two countries, and removes regulations on pricing. It also allows airlines from the two countries to form cooperative alliances in transporting passengers.
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World class driving school opened in Kerala

The first world class driving school in Kerala, set up by the Maruti Udyog Limited, was inaugurated here today by I K Satoi, Director, Marketing and Sales, MUL.
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Mumbai Hit and Run: Faster cars = more accidents?

Will the rising presence of faster, powerful cars on Indian roads mean more accidents and fatalities of innocent victims?

Yes, say transportation experts while pointing out to the conspicuous “mismatch factor” that is plaguing the Indian transportation sector currently.
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Hybrids, Movies and Tanks, Oh My

NEW YORK — Tucked among the shiny sports cars, swank luxury vehicles and a line of rims by hip-hop mogul P. Diddy, the 2005 International Automobile Show housed plenty of environmentally conscious hybrids, concept cars and new takes on familiar models.

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A licence to kill

NEW DELHI: Watch out. You can no longer drive in and out with a driving licence, jump a red-light under the nose of a traffic cop or flee an accident scene without a twinge of conscience.

The government is coming up with stringent standards to qualify for driving licence, modern training centres to equip personnel in “accredited” test centres and an exhaustive road safety information database to turn the killer Indian roads into safe havens.
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Rose festival traffic regulatory measures

In view of the Festival of Gardens being celebrated at Rose Garden, Sector 16, Chandigarh, the following traffic restrictions shall remain in force on 25th to 27th of February- 2005 :-
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Traffic police not to ignore violations by rickshaw-pullers

Rickshaw-pullers of the city beware! The Chandigarh traffic police has launched a drive to curb violations of traffic rules and the Chandigarh Cycle Rickshaw (Regulation and Control) Bylaws, 1970. Violators of the rules will be fined Rs 500 for each violation.

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Youth Leaders join and sign Make Roads Safe Campaign

01 November 2010, Mohali, Punjab, India

At International Meetings organized by United Nations, WHO, like the First Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety held in Moscow on November 2009, the missing Political Will on Road Safety has been considered an important reason for the increase in number of Road Crashes and fatalities.

ArriveSAFE, NGO on Road Safety has been urging the politicians to consider this important issue. Today, the Punjab Unit of Indian Youth Congress started Nav Inqalab Yatra from Mohali Punjab.

The National Leaders like Rajeev Satav, President, Indian Youth Congress, Ravneet Singh Bittu, MP from Anandpur Sahib and President Youth Congress Punjab and Mr. Vijay Inder Singla, MP from Sangrur signed the “ArriveSAFE, Make Roads Safe – Decade of Action for Road Safety” pledge and vowed to add Road Safety in their national agenda and take the message all across India. This is a very significant step as the young leaders have come forward to fill the important missing connection.

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Interaction with University Students on Road Safety

27 October 2010, Panjab University, Chandigarh

As per WHO report “Youth and Road Safety” every day just over 1000 young people under the age of 25 years are killed in road traffic crashes around the world. Road traffic injuries are the leading cause of death globally among 15–19-year-olds, while for those in the 10–14-years and 20–24-years age brackets they are the second leading cause of death.

The students were appraised of this fact and interactive session was held on the following topics:

  • Youth-related risk taking
  • Peer influence
  • Other social pressures
  • Inexperience
  • Specific interventions that have proved effective

S.P. Traffic Chandigarh was also present on the occasion.

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Exhibition on Road Safety

11 October 2010, Ambala, Haryana, India

The Red Ribbon Express – an exhibition train spreading awareness on HIV/Aids and health-related issues as part of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) halted at Ambala on the 11the October 2010. ArriveSAFE had set up an exhbition on Road Safety in the area. The aim behind the project is to bring the HIV/Aids-affected persons to the mainstream for socio-economc development then merely showing it as a medical or public health issue.

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Getting illegal openings on National Highway Closed

2 September 2010, Derabassi, Punjab, India

We observed that there were large number of openings of the central median on a stretch of the National Highway 22. Median openings that should be limited to intersections with public roads.

We followed up the matter with the Project Director, National Highway Authorities of India [NHAI] and got the “illegal” opening closed. The opening was not as per the Technical Specifications.

Request – If you come across any such situation, please contact us, we’ll follow up the matter and get the needful done.

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Campaign for Amendment in Law – Driving under the influence of drink or drugs

17 August 2010 – 25 August 2010, Chandigarh, India

Running a sustained campaign to amend and make Law more stringent in cases of causing death of any person through driving under the influence of drink or drugs. These cases should not merely be deemed to have been committed in a rash or negligent manner, but be made an offence of culpable homicide not amounting to murder punishable under section 304, IPC (Indian Penal Code).

ArriveSAFE has taken up this issue with the Law Commission of India in August 2008 but a high-profile case fuelled this campaign. The accused driver, allegdly drunk, fled and left two youngsters to die on the road and surrendered the next day. The accused was just booked for rash or negligent and was granted bail much to the residents of the City and neighbouring states.

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Helmet Awareness and Distribution Campaign – International Women’s Day

3 August 2010, Chandigarh, India

The campaign was held to highlight the amount of space used by a single motorist on the road. “MyCar” is a structure of the size of a car with just one person inside it. It visually highlights the irrationality caused by car dominance and its excessive land consumption.

The appeal to public is to get de-addicted from being an “Autoholic” to a “Cured” person and opt for alternate modes of transport, earlier the better. The steps taken by the Administration to accommodate the vehicles, in the form of road widening and increased parking space gets negated due to the fast influx of more and more cars.

Traffic engineers, in Europe, over the period have realized that widening roads does not reduce congestion but in fact induce more congestion. In Chandigarh the average trip length is short and majority of these trips can be easily facilitated using walking, cycling and public transport thus reducing the congestion.

The United Nations Road Safety Collaboration in its, “Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020″ and the “National Urban Transport Policy” by Ministry of Urban Development, India calls for:

  • Bringing about a more equitable allocation of road space with people, rather than vehicles, as its main focus.
  • Priority to the use of public transport and non-motorized transport

The appeal to the residents – Avoid travelling by cars to boost City Beautiful’s Economy and Livability.

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Sent comments/suggestions on request to Rajya Sabha (Upper House of Parliament of India) on National Road Safety and Traffic Management Board Bill, 2010

15 June 2010, New Delhi, India.

The National Road Safety and Traffic Management Board Bill, 2010 has been referred to the Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Transport, Tourism and Culture for examination and report.

This Bill seeks to establish a dedicated and integrated agency – the National Road Safety and Traffic Management Board for the orderly development, regulation, promotion and optimization of modern and effective road safety and traffic management system and practices in relation to the national highways. The Board would also ensure improved safety standards in highway design, construction, operation and regulate high standards in production and maintenance of mechanically propelled vehicles and for related matters. ArriveSAFE members have studied the Bill and have sent comments/suggestions on the bill as requested.

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Helmet Awareness and Distribution Campaign – International Women’s Day

8 March 2010, Chandigarh, India.

The Hon’ble Court has exempted women of a particular religion from wearing helmets considering their religious sentiments. Since it is difficult to identify women religion wise, most of the women don’t wear safety helmets.

We held an awareness campaign along with the Chandigarh Traffic Police on the 8th March 2010, The International Women’s Day. Young girls were informed about the importance of Safety Helmets. Free helmets were distributed to the participants and an Awareness Rally was taken out on the day. The gathering was addressed by the Inspector General of Police, Chandigarh, Mr. P.K.Srivastava, IPS.

As per the World Health Organization, most deaths of two-wheelers are a result of head injuries. Wearing a motorcycle helmet correctly can cut the risk of death by almost 40%, and the risk of severe injury by 70%.

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Jagman Jagriti Ki

ArriveSAFE society, Chandigarh in association with Haryana Police, Panchkula initiated ‘Jagmag Jagriti Ki at Panchkula. The campaign educated vulnerable road users about responsible road behaviour through posters and interaction. In pursuance of its goal of saving valuable lives, ArriveSAFE profiled their cycles, rickshaws, rehris and carts with luminous tapes to enhance their visibility during night. Over 1000 of these cycles, rickshaws, rehris and carts were profiled in the Panchkula Industrial Area by the Panchkula Police.

SP Panchkula, Amitabh Dhillon reiterated Haryana Police’s commitment to educate masses about road crashes as it is the leading cause of death in the most productive age of 15-29 years – a loss an emerging young nation can ill-afford.

The aim of this sustained campaign is to generate awareness and ensure that positive results are reflected in the form of reduced number of deaths and injuries. Mostly road traffic injuries and deaths result in loss of bread-winner or push families into perpetual debt in the absence of social safety net.

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