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We don't deserve to die on roads, says ADGP

Special Correspondent

260 people have died in accidents in Coimbatore this year

PHOTO: S. SIVA SARAVANAN

Sharing views:Additional Director-General of Police (Law and Order), K. Radhakrishnan addressing the students at the inauguration of Anandha Salai - Vibathillatha Kovai, organised by the Traffic Wardens Organisation, in the city on Thursday. —

Coimbatore: We are born as human beings to live and not to die on the roads. In the last 11 months in Coimbatore, 260 people have died on the roads and 802 people suffered serious injuries and the city accounts for 1,062 accidents in one year. Across the State, 12,769 people have lost their lives in the last 11 months of this year. The fatalities in 2008 and 2009 were 12,284 and 13,746.

Statistics

These cold and distressing statistics were reeled out by K. Radhakrishnan, Additional Director-General of Police (Law and Order), here on Thursday.

He was inaugurating Anandha Salai – Vibathillatha Kovai, a programme on road safety education organised by the Traffic Wardens Organisation focusing on school and college students.

More lives were lost on Indian roads than in battlefields and the loss of lives in accidents was more than the casualties suffered in World War I and II. Hence, there was a pertinent need to end the world war on roads, Mr. Radhakrishnan added.

He went on: The number of lives lost on roads across the country was 1,19,860 last year.

Tragedy

The only way to end this colossal tragedy was to follow the road rules. Children should be trained on traffic rules so that the future generation would grow up safely. Parents should desist from providing children with two-wheelers and cars till they attained the qualifying age for getting a valid licence.

District Collector P. Umanath exhorted students to ensure that the parents complied with road rules such as wearing helmets and seat belts since non-compliance was a key factor leading to accidents.

Helmets

Seventy per cent of the 100 two-wheeler riders/pillion riders involved in accidents could have been saved if only they had worn helmets preventing serious head injury. Similarly, children should exhort parents not to overtake a vehicle or indulge in racing on roads for the thrill of being the first.

Students took part in various competitions and performed shows relating to road rules and safety.

City Police Commissioner C. Sylendra Babu, Inspector General of Police, West Zone, P. Sivanandi, DIG of Police, Coimbatore Range, N. Kannan, Deputy Commissioners of Police N. Kamini (Crime and Traffic) and E.S. Uma (Head Quarters) and Chief Traffic Warden A. Mahesh took part.

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