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Adherence to road rules driven home

Alongside enforcement and education what is also of equal importance is self -realisation among vehicle users on disciplined driving and adherence to road rules which would go a long way in curbing accident rate, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime and Traffic), Tiruchi A. Myilvaganan observed on Sunday.

Road accidents are not an issue concerning individuals but a national problem, Mr. Myilvaganan said speaking at an awareness programme on Basic Life Support, Road Safety and Dengue organised by the Indian Medical Association (IMA), Tamil Nadu State Branch and IMA, Tiruchi branch. The programme was held under the IMA Tamil Nadu Trauma Care Project.

A road accident which claims the life of a breadwinner of a family would completely shatter that family causing them immense mental agony and financial instability for several years, the Deputy Commissioner said. Although the four aspects - Engineering, Enforcement, Education and Emergency care – have become crucial in curbing accidents, what is also of equal importance is self-realisation among vehicle users on disciplined driving, he said.

Adherence to road safety norms should be seen as a service to nation as this small step would go a long way in bringing down accident rates, Mr. Myilvaganan further said. Aware of the gravity of this issue, the City Traffic Police has embarked on a mass awareness programme meant for school students. The law enforcers have listed out number of educational institutions here and have been visiting the institutions driving home messages on road safety, he said.

Law enforcers should set an example in rule adherence and road safety, the Deputy Commissioner said. The Indian Medical Association, Tamil Nadu Branch state president T.N. Ravisankar said the association’s branches all over the State were conducting awareness on road safety. The IMA, Tiruchi branch president Dr. N. Balasubramanian, Corporation Commissioner N. Ravichandran, IMA Tamil Nadu Trauma Care Project coordinator M. S. Ashraf, doctors and college students took part in the programme.


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