Maharashtra road security campaign from today

PTI Mumbai | Updated on January 01, 2011 Published on January 01, 2011

The Home Minister, Mr R.R. Patil   -  Business Line

Concerned over the high rate of road accidents in Maharashtra, the State Home Department has decided to launch a Road Security Campaign from today to curtail mishaps.

“We are launching the Road Security Campaign today, which will go on for the next 15 days making people aware of the accidents, which are the highest in the state,” the Home Minister, Mr R.R. Patil, said.

The state witnesses 12,500 deaths per year in road accidents and 50,000 people get seriously injured. The age group of the victims is between 18 and 25.

“The young work force is the main victim in the accidents due to negligence, flouting of rules and drunken driving. Therefore, the Home Department has started the campaign,” he said.

The Home Minister also lamented that despite a separate campaign being enforced for over a year against drunken driving and taking action on 30,000 people, the incidents have not stopped completely.

Along with Home, the Health Department which plays a crucial part, has also joined the drive, the Minister said.

Its responsibility is to make the facility available in the initial period of the accident known as the ‘golden hour’ which would reduce the death numbers, he added.

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Published on January 01, 2011
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