Shimla, Jan 6 – Around 95 percent of road accidents in the State occur due to human errors. For this, there is need to create road safety culture amongst masses in the State. Therefore, besides enforcement and other measures concerted focus and initiatives should be on greater public awareness on road safety through audio-visual, social, print and electronic media to encourage greater public involvement. Principal Secretary Transport K. K. Pant said here today while presiding over the meeting of the state level standing committee constituted for road safety.
The Principal Secretary said that National Road Safety Month will be observed from January 18 to February 17, 2021 with an aim to make people aware for obeying traffic rules. During this, people would be informed about the rules related to road safety through various awareness programs. He said that it is necessary for measures related to road safety that the participation of the general public be ensured. He emphasized to make Panchayati Raj institutions aware and said that the width of land gifted by residents for the construction of roads in public interest is less than the required width making these roads prone to accidents. He said that the representatives of Panchayati Raj Institutions would be made aware of this so that the land could be obtained according to the required standards in future.
He said that according to the guidelines of the Supreme Court, people who assist in the event of an accident do not face any kind of legal problem. Such person could not be forced by the police or anyone else to reveal the identity. Any passer-by, who assists the person met to an accident, known as Good Samaritan, cannot be restrained in the hospital, cannot be taken to the police station for interrogation, cannot call them to court for testimony and cannot even summoned. He said that the number of deaths in road accidents would be reduced by participation of Good Samaritans. He also stressed on public awareness to ensure participation of more and more Good Samaritans.