Focus on road accidents at safety workshop

The growing instance of accidents on Indian roads is a cause for concern and many NGOs focused on promoting road safety undertake initiatives to encourage safe driving. ‘Chaoon,’ an NGO has launched a road safety initiative along with the Motor Vehicles Department, Maharashtra.

According to Sangeeta Chadha, chief trustee, Chaoon, Mumbai alone witnesses over 23,000 road accidents every year, in which about 1,500 people are killed and over 7,000 injured.

“As much as three per cent of our GDP is lost annually because of accidents,” she said. “About 380 people die every day in India.”

The NGO organised a workshop on road safety and nearly a hundred driving school instructors, driving licence applicants and even traffic rule violators participated.

Road safety expert Ashutosh Atray, who also spoke at the workshop, said bus and truck drivers need to be trained about proper road safety techniques as they are responsible for ferrying hundreds of passengers.