Kolkata: Launching a State-wide-drive, ‘Safe Drive, Save Life’ on Friday to bring down road accidents and bring in better measures at Nazrul Mancha in Kolkata, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said that “Every life is precious” and appealed to the people to abide by the traffic rules and drive rationally to avoid road accidents.
Ms. Banerjee praising the role of traffic cops emphasized the need to being in new laws to deal with rash driving and traffic violation. Hundreds of lives are lost to road mishaps every year in the state, said the CM. Inorder to reign on rash bikers CM said that stringent measures will be initiated. Helmets will be made mandatory.
“We have made helmet mandatory for bikers, and the shops suddenly raised the prices of this life savng gear. It is all business now”, said Mamata.
CCTV cameras will be installed across the city on Highways to monitor the traffic and capture the violators. She also emphasized the need of spreading public awareness about road safety and said that ample measures like ads on traffic signals will be initiated to spread road safety awareness.
Praising the role of traffic police and civic volunteers the CM said that proper counseling will be provided to them to make them able to handle critical situations. The school syllabus will contain chapter on ‘Save drive, safe life, said Mamata.
West Bengal has witnessed a massive surge in road accident in the recent years blamed mostly on reasons like rash driving and drunk driving. The measures talked about today by the chief minister is likely to save several lives.