Pune: The Regional Transport Office (RTO), Pune on Monday concluded the ‘Road Safety Campaign 2018’ to spread awareness about safety norms while driving. It also conducted a ‘No Honking’ campaign. The special drive was started on April 23 and ended on May 7.
“During the safety week, we spread awareness about road safety norms. We especially focused on the ‘No Honking’ campaign initiated by the government,” said Sanjay Rout, Deputy RTO, Pune.
During the campaign, the officials conducted seminars on the impact and effect of honking without reason. “We have conducted several seminars at Balgandharva Rangmandir, at several colleges and in parts of the city with NGOs’ help. We talked about ill effects of honking, which include mental stress, high blood pressure, heart attack, permanent hearing loss, scare in senior citizens, children and patients, risky driving, accident-prone situations and frustration,” said Rout.
“We educated commuters that no honking will help safe driving, safe road travels for both pedestrians and drivers. Drivers should follow traffic rules, control speed and have mental peace. They should work towards the eradication of noise pollution and have a joyful journey,” Rout added.
During the campaign, various activities such as awareness rallies, street plays, magic shows and candle marches were organised. The RTO authorities issued challans to traffic violators.
In 2017, there were 35,853 road accidents reported in the State. A total of 12,264 people died in road accidents while 32,128 were seriously injured. The State ranks third in terms of accidental deaths in the country.
In the State till March, there are 3,28,000 registered vehicles and 3,40,000 driving licence-holders. A large number of vehicles travel from and outside the State.