Precious lives could be saved if road users follow traffic rules – SP Annamalai
Udupi: “Several precious lives could be saved if road users follow traffic rules. All road users should be aware of various safety measures and follow them,” said Annamalai, Superintendent of Police.
He was speaking after inaugurating the “Save A Life – Accident and First aid” awareness campaign for the youth organised by Rotary Udupi in association with the Udupi district Police at Madhava Pai Memorial College, Manipal here on July 20.
“India has the highest rate of road accident deaths after China in the world. Most of the traffic accidents are the result of indiscipline, ignorance of the rules and drinking and driving. As per the data available. India witnessed 4 lakh road accidents and 1.7 lakh deaths. The total number of injuries and deaths due to road accidents have risen in the last six months. The country reported 74000 accidents in the last six months. With the country witnessing the highest number of road accident fatalities globally, there is an urgent need for reducing accident rates in the country,” he added.
Vehicle drivers should be aware of the reality. One small mistake on their part could take away many lives. Negligence of traffic rules along with reckless driving is the main reason for mishaps. Most accident victims can be saved if they get at least primary medical attention and are shifted to professional medicare within the golden hour.
It is the duty of every rider/driver to protect his life and that of others while driving. One should always follow rules and should not give any scope for accidents. Youth should not consume liquor or any other intoxicating substances while driving. There is need to create awareness about traffic rules, he added.
Subramanya Basri, Suresh Shenoy, Ramachandra Upadhya, Suresh Shenoy, Prabhakar Malya, Dayananda Shetty, Radhika Pai and others were present.