SIAM Kick-Starts Road Safety Week With ‘Walk for Safety’

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To create awareness about the road accidents, the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) in association with the Ministry of Roads, Transport and Highways (MoRTH) and Delhi Police organised the 'Walk for safety' to initiate the 'Road Safety Week' on January 9, 2017.

The government aims to reduce and control road accidents, and reduce the cases of drunk driving, riding without a helmet, and not wearing seatbelts by conducting various promotional activities.

The event was flagged off by Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Roads, Transport, Highways and Shipping. The march started at the India Gate and concluded at Shastri Bhawan.

During the Road Safety week, the Ministry of Road Transport, Highway and Shipping through National Informatics Centre (NIC) is also launching two smartphone applications called E-Challan and M-Parivahan.

Both the mobile based applications is meant to serve common citizen and transport operators. The app will give access to various transport related services.

Speaking at the event, Minister of Roads, Transport, Highways and Shipping, Nitin Gadkari said, "Every year, five lakh accidents take place on Indian roads and out of that, 1.5 lakh people lose their lives. It is even more unfortunate that there is a 4.6 percent increase in the incidents of road accidents this year (2016) than the previous year."

He added, "In order to make things better and make our roads safer, the government is working on multiple things including road engineering, road signage, create safe barriers and build cement concrete roads."

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