Road ministry to launch safety week from Jan 1

In order to sharpen focus on road safety in the New Year, the Road Transport Ministry will launch various campaigns for a week from January 1.

Last Updated: Dec 22, 2011, 21:56 PM IST

New Delhi: In order to sharpen focus on road
safety in the New Year, the Road Transport Ministry will
launch various campaigns for a week from January 1.

"Over 1.25 lakh persons were killed in around 4.8 lakh
road accidents reported in the country in 2009. Statistics
show that almost 80 per cent of road accidents take place due
to driver`s fault. This indicates need of a change in
attitude," Road Transport Minister C P Joshi said while
announcing the safety programme.

He added that his ministry has roped in other
stakeholders like traffic police, transport authorities,
schools and voluntary organizations for the road safety week
from January 1 to January 7, 2012.
The ministry will display the slogan -- accidents brings
tears, safety brings cheers -- and various other safety
messages on roads across the country, Joshi said, adding that
the target is to educate the younger generation.

PTI