‘Help Riders’ to ensure ambulances caught in traffic jams get passage

ST Correspondent
Friday, 25 May 2018

These riders will help the ambulance get a way through traffic congestion anywhere in the city and help the patients reach the hospital on time.

Pune: There have been several incidents of ambulances carrying patients needing urgent medical aid get stuck in traffic jams, causing delay in treatment and even loss of the patient’s life. 

But now, a group of citizens called ‘Help Riders’ has come up with the idea of spreading awareness through social media. These riders will help the ambulance get a way through traffic congestion anywhere in the city and help the patients reach the hospital on time.

The group was created by Prashant Kanojiya for motorists to give way to the ambulance to save lives. They are also gearing up for the campaign ‘Give Way to Ambulance & Save Life’ which will have ‘Help Riders’ members all over the city to help ambulances reach on time.

Kanojiya said, “The initiative was planned due to various incidents happening in Pune and other parts of the state where people were losing their lives due to ambulance getting stuck in traffic jams and reaching late at the destination. We have started our awareness programme through a WhatsApp group which has already become a hit across the city. The mission of the group was to make people aware so that they can understand the seriousness of the need to save the patients.” 

Under this campaign, the members will follow their usual routine. But when they come across any situation where an ambulance is stuck in a traffic jam, the member present there will help the ambulance to get out of the jam and also ensure it reaches the hospital on time. The members will get stickers on their bikes so they can be differentiated from the general public. 
He said, “We would request the Deputy Commissioner of Police to decrease the time of the traffic signal when there is an ambulance stuck in the jam and also check other cars which try to overtake or pass away along with the ambulance, causing more jam in the area.”

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