Transport Minister Bikram Singh has said that road safety campaign in the state would be launched as a mass campaign to establish road safety culture.
Speaking at the meeting of the State Transport Development and Road Safety Council, Singh said that about 95 per cent road accidents are caused due to human errors. Out of these 62.86 percent accidents are caused by over-speeding, which could be reduced by making people aware of road safety. He said that that the department carried out a comprehensive road-safety awareness campaign in the state and districts, which has resulted in decrease of 7.62 percent road accidents, 5.13 percent in death rate and 11.65 percent decrease in injury.
The Transport Minister said that the Transport and Police Departments will jointly make efforts to make Himachal Pradesh a safe state by making people aware of wrong habits like over-speeding, drunken driving, overloading and overtaking.
The Transport Minister directed the officials to fix the black spots on the roads to reduce road accidents. He said that in case time bound completion of work is not ensured the concerned official would be held accountable.
He directed the Public Works, Health and Transport Department to work in coordination to reduce road accidents in the state.
The Transport Minister said that most people in the age group of 20 to 30 are victims of road accident. Therefore, it is very important to make students aware of road safety at school level. He said that in this regard, road-safety lessons would soon be taught in schools. Seminars and awareness camps would be also organized across the state to spread awareness amongst the drivers of the government and private sector.
Director Transport Captain J.M. Pathania conducted the proceeding of the meeting.
Principal Secretary Transport K.K. Pant, Managing Director Himachal Road Transport Corporation Yunus, Director Information and Public Relations Department Harbans Singh Brascon, Director Health Bharat Bhushan and official and non official members were also present in the meeting.