Lahore : Speakers at a road safety conference were of the unanimous view that effective planning and implementation of traffic rules can help curtailing fatal road traffic accidents, which are claiming the precious human lives to the volume of 1.3 million across the world and 14000 in Pakistan annually and especially young were the major contributor.
National Highways and Motorways Police (NH&MP) organized a conference in Lahore on Thursday in which people belonging to every walk of life participated with reference to NH&MP Raising Day activities. DIG NH&MP, Mirza Faran Baig, was the chief guest of the seminar while the participants of different walk of life including transport unions, rescue 1122, Lahore Transport Company, goods transport, students and teachers of different educational institutions were among the speakers. The member of civil society, students, transporters and media representative were also present on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, DIG NH&MP, Mirza Faran Baig, said Road safety should be the part of school syllabus to improve safety which is currently far below than the magnitude of problem. He said we are unaware of road sense as a nation while the absence of 3-Es—-Education, Law Enforcement & Engineering—-especially law enforcement and road user’s behavior being the major stakeholder, were causing accidents on roads.
He went on to say that more than 80 percent accidents occur due to the fault of drivers and remaining 20 percent due to the mechanical faults. He added over speeding, careless attitude, underage driving, use of drugs while driving, fatigue, and lane violation are the major factors which result into fatal accidents.
GM NHA Hafiz Ahmad Bukhsh said that NHA with the coordination of Motorway Police have always maintained the standard of road engineering & infrastructure road safety in Pakistan which is also always acknowledged worldwide. He further added road traffic crashes, should not be accepted as inevitable because they are, in fact, both predictable and preventable.
SSP Masroor Alam Kolachi while speaking at conference said the probability of accidents can be reduced in a number of different ways. All public agencies as well as private sectors need to play their role in strengthening road safety.
While speaking on the occasion Rescue 1122 Director Communication Jam Sajjad said that it is imperative for all of us to earnestly address road safety problem and to bring it in order and discipline to protect our lives and property.
The representative of including transport unions, rescue 1122, Lahore Transport Company, goods transport, students and teachers of different educational institutions also spoke on the occasion.