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​SIAM Conducts Several Activities During Road Safety Week

Published On Jan 23, 2017By Mukul Yudhveer Singh

Over 4,000 automobile dealers across Indian took part in the recently concluded 28th Road Safety Week. The event which started from January 9 to January 15, 2017 was flagged off by Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping in New Delhi.

This week was of major focus as Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), undertook several activities underlying the importance of road safety in India.

P K Banerjee, deputy executive director, SIAM, said, “We are overwhelmed with the response we got from various stakeholders including school children, THE Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Delhi Traffic Police and others who actively participated in helping us to reach out to the larger audiences to promote road safety. Just like the Capital City, the response from other cities too was overwhelming and encouraging.”

Multiple programmes were held in cities including New Delhi, NCR, Mumbai, Bangalore, Jaipur, Andhra Pradesh, Chandigarh, Haridwar, and Ludhiana. This Road Safety Week, conducted with active participation from traffic cops, enlightened thousands of people on topics and issues related to road safety.

Street plays, quiz competitions, drawing competition, jingles and various such activities, for more than 10,000 kids, were organised during the week. All these activities were based on raising awareness about road safety. Authorities also made use of puzzles, card games and board games to educate children on the same.

SIAM, among many other activities, also conducted refresher workshops on road safety for auto, cab and commercial vehicle drivers. These workshops were supported by Ashok Leyland, Maruti Suzuki and IDTR.

K K Gandhi, executive director, SIAM, said, “It is a noble initiative by various stakeholders with an aim of making our roads safer and better for everyone. The overwhelming response from school children ensures that our future generation will be more sensitised towards this important issue.”

Lakhs of people lose their lives every year due to road accidents in the country. Organising more events and programmes will definitely help the coming generations in understanding the complexities involved while driving on Indian roads.

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