Assam:  No helmet, no petrol- Hailakandi district administration enforces the rule

Deputy Commissioner, Hailkandi district in Assam, Adil Khan has enforced the rule, ‘No helmet, no petrol’ as a measure to check growing incidents of road accidents …


The 29th Road Safety Week is being observed across Hailakandi district in a befitting manner. During the week-long programme beginning from today till April 30, people from all walks of life will be made aware about traffic rules and road safety regulations.

Giving the information on Monday, District Transport Officer, Nripen Kalita said that various programmes have been lined up to create awareness during the week.

The theme of this year’s Road Safety Week is ‘Sadak Suraksha – Jeevan Raksha’.

“In India almost over one lakh persons lose their lives every year in road accidents. As a part of the advocacy campaign for road safety, ‘Road Safety Week’ is observed throughout the country every year in order to highlight and emphasize the need for safe roads,” said Kalita.

The United Nations is observing the Road Safety decade from 2011 to 2020. This campaign is in effect to realize the same concept of road safety, Kalita said, adding that a procession involving students, transport operators, general public and traffic police would be brought out from Rabindra Bhawan in Hailakandi town on April 28. Colourful banners would be displayed and road safety awareness pamphlets would be distributed.

Meetings and discussions on the issues related to road safety would also be held across the district on the occasion. “Spreading information about the Hon’ble Supreme Court’s verdict wherein it has been specified that ‘the effort to save the person should be the top priority not only of the medical professional but even of the police or any other citizen who happens to be connected with that matter or who happens to notice such an incident or a situation’ and there is no legal impediment for a medical professional when he is called upon or requested to attend to an injured person needing his medical assistance immediately,” said Kalita, adding that simple awareness is better than cure.

Apart from this, free eye check-up camps for drivers would be held by the District Transport Office in association with Health Services on April 25. Arrangement is being made for distribution of medicine free of cost. Programmes for drivers by imparting training about road safety rules and various signs and symbols would also be held.

Deputy Commissioner, Hailkandi, Adil Khan has also enforced the rule, ‘No helmet, no petrol’ a few days ago as a measure to check growing incidents of road accidents involving two wheelers in the district. Strict directive has been issued to the petrol pump owners not to supply fuel to two-wheeler riders without helmets. The unique move has been welcomed by all sections people of Hailakandi district.

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