'Stay alive, don't drink and drive'- focus of countrywide 'road safety week'
Road safety week, focusing on the pitfalls of drunken driving, began across the country today.
The ensuing 24th road safety week will be celebrated from today to January 7. The theme for Road Safety Week this time is "Stay Alive, don't drink and drive".
Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Dr. C P Joshi had earlier urged state chief ministers to make road safety a social movement in partnership with schools and universities.
In letters sent to chief ministers last week, Dr. Joshi sought their cooperation in this endeavour by organizing road safety related activities in their state on a large scale especially in school/colleges so that the youth get sensitized on the issue.
Joshi had also promised his ministry's financial assistance, up to Rs. five lakh per state for organizing road safety related activities in schools. These activities may include debates/painting and essay competitions/rallies and other such events with token prizes/ certificates.
In order to spread road safety awareness "Road Safety Week" is observed all over the country in the month of January every year. Till now 23 such Road Safety Weeks have been celebrated.
During Road Safety Week, States/UTs/NGOs and other stake-holders/agencies involved in road safety undertake various activities aimed at inculcating/promoting road safety.