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.
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.
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 :-
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.
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.
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
- Specific interventions that have proved effective
S.P. Traffic Chandigarh was also present on the occasion.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sent comments/suggestions on request to Rajya Sabha (Upper House of Parliament of India) on National Road Safety and Traffic Management Board Bill, 2010
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.
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%.
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.
ArriveSAFE in association with Chandigarh Traffic Police organized ‘BONDING FOR A SAFE LIFETIME JOURNEY’ on the auspicious occasion of Rakhi . The drive was undertaken to personally reach out to girls and women of the city with special Rakhis that attempt to solicit promise from their brothers about safe and responsible road behaviour. International volunteers from six countries along with female staff of Traffic police distributed 5000 ‘ArriveSAFE Rakhis’.
The campaign was sponsored by Go Global Consultants, Chandigarh.
A day prior to Rakhi a ‘Rakhi tying’ event was orgnanised at Delhi Public School , Sector 40 Chandigarh. Small kids tied Rakhi’s to the drivers and conductors of their buses. Kids also tied Rakhi’s to the team members of Chandigarh traffic police. This has been a unique attempt to reach drivers and conductors on the occasion of Rakshabandan – festival that instills commitment to protection. This first of its kind activity in whole of India was aimed to designate them as protector of vulnerable but promising pupils – the future of families, society and the nation.
Ms Reema Dewan, principal appreciated efforts undertaken by ArriveSAFE to inculcate the spirit of Road Safety in the young minds through this novel method. She stressed the needs for installation of speed governors in school buses and asked ArriveSAFE to conduct special sessions for senior school children who will be soon graduating to be licensed drivers. Similar event was organized at DAV International School Amrtisar.
ArriveSAFE conducted test for candidates for the post of drivers for a Government Department on 11th and 12th of July 2009. It was for the first time that such an initiative. It was a Multimedia based multiple choice question based test. The image based question and possible options were displayed on the screen and the candidates had to select the correct answer. The test was conducted in the auditorium of Chandigarh Traffic Police Lines, Chandigarh.
After this preliminary screening, the shortlisted candidates would go through a driving test where marks would be assigned for each maneuver. This would ensure that the department gets Safe and Responsible drivers.
In March 2009 ArriveSAFE organised awareness campaign on behalf of Ministry of Surface Transport and Highways, Government of India. ArriveSAFE with the support of Chandigarh Traffic Police, Chandigarh Transport Undertaking and Registration & Licensing Authority, Chandigarh reached to a cross-section of road users through this campaign. The theme of the campaign was that accidents are not will of God, but are causative in nature and hence preventable. The campaign focussed on leading human factors like speeding, driving under influence, fatigue, multitasking, non-use of restraints and conveyed associated risks to driver’s life and to that of others especially the vulnerable road users (VRU’s). It incorporated two emotional messages, one of the father and other that of the husband of road crash victims to appeal to people to be sensitive to fellow road users and adopt responsible behaviour. The campaign reached out through street play “Sadak hamare baap ki”, pamphlets and talks by road crash victim’s family members. Fourteen street play were organised at prominent locations in the city like Sector 17 Piazza, Sukhna Lake, Rose Garden, Chandigarh Transport Undertaking workshop, colony no 5, PU Students Centre and other places. Thousands of pamphlets were
distributed at the sites where these street play were organised and at two leading petrol pumps of Chandigarh. These pamphlets have also been made part of new application forms being issued by Registration & Licensing Authority, Chandigarh for issuance of driving license and registration of new vehicles. As part of the campaign reflective tapes were put over 500 cycles, rickshaws and rehris to educate them about adoption of low cost affordable measures to mitigate their vulnerability.
A quiz on road safety was conducted on 12.1.2009 at the Madras School of Social Work, Egmore, Chennai in partnership with Lions Club Of Silver Pearls. The National Service Scheme (NSS) program office Prof. Lavanya welcomed the gathering. The Principal of the School of Social Work addressed the gathering and stressed the need for safe driving habits. The State Coordinator for NSS, Dr Raja Hussain said that road safety is a key area of work for the NSS. Details of the event are available on the Sukriti website at Quiz on Road Safety.
Designed and provided material for Road safety education to SMEC INDIA
Designed and provided material for Road safety education to SMEC INDIA for their GTRIP – Road Safety (Public Education) project covering the Chennai to Kolkata section of Golden Quadrilateral, West Bengal, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.
ArriveSAFE, observed the United Nations World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims on Sunday 16th of November at Sukhna Lake, Chandigarh in association with The Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Development Corporation Limited (CITCO) and AIESEC, an International Student Organization. Together with victim’s relatives, students and professionals ArriveSAFE remembered the road accident victims. This day was observed to draw public’s attention to road traffic crashes, their consequences and costs, and the measures which can be taken to prevent them. ArriveSAFE exhibited 300 pair of shoes including some belonging to road crash victims to convey the number of Indian being killed on the roads daily and subsequent trauma felt by family. Later balloons were released to commemorate road crash victims. Road safety messages were displayed at lake to educate masses about safe driving behaviour and soveniours with road safety message were distributed to general public.
Why is there a need for World Day?
Road deaths and injuries are sudden, violent, traumatic events, and their impact is long-lasting, often permanent. Each year, millions of newly bereaved and injured people from every corner of the world are added to the many millions already suffering as the result of a road crash.
The sense of grief and distress of this huge group of people is all the greater because many of the victims are young, because many of the crashes could and should have been prevented and because the response to road death and injury and to road crash victims is often experienced as inadequate, cruelly unsympathetic, and inappropriate to a loss of life or quality of life.
As part of our initiatives, last Diwali a special “Don’t Drink and Drive Campaign” was held in sector 17 piazza in coordination with Chandigarh Traffic Police along with the support of AIESEC. As part of the event, Greeting Cards with a message against Drinking Driving were distributed to the general public by taking out a march in sector 17 piazza.
Thereafter the message against Drinking Driving was reinforced by lighting candles in the shape of “Don’t Drink & Drive”. This drive was planned keeping into consideration the Diwali festivity as more people in their celebrations tend to indulge in Drinking Driving.
Lions Club, Udaipur organized a talk on 6th October 2008 for the students of class 11th and 12th of every school of Udaipur telling them about the hazards of sloppy driving habits and the ill effects of not following traffic rules. The primary target audience was two wheeler drivers who have recently started driving, so the effort was to teach them to follow road safety measures which could result in reduction of accidents in the city. These students would then also advocate their parents on the safe driving habits.
The mission was started from Maharana Mewar Public School Campus with due blessings from Shreeji Arvind Singhji Mewar. Shri Lakshyaraj Singhji Mewar graced the program with his presence.
This event has been managed by the secretary of the club, Lion Rakesh Samar who is very passionate on the road safety measures such as wearing of helmets, usage of seat belts etc..
In future also, The Lions Club would work closely with ArriveSafe for developing road safety programs to increase knowledge, awareness and skills amongst all types of road users.
The Traffic Police Department of Udaipur also extended its support to the program and Dy. Superintendent of Police, Shri Harsh Ratnu attended the seminar. Local media also gave give wide publicity to the event.
Saving Parrots Habitat
This is a totally different mission than road safety but everyone including the birds has the right to ArriveSafe. The city Municipal Corporation had put up high lights that illuminated the area forcing the parrots to flee the area where they had been staying for decades.