The Chandigarh Administration has launched road safety manual to equip the motorists with road safety tips. Punjab Governor and UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore on Thursday released 'Chandigarh Road Safety Manual' prepared by Harman Singh Sidhu, president, Arrive Safe for the benefit of road users.
The Chandigarh Road Safety manual aims to sensitize road users to adopt safe driving practices. The manual comprehensively and insightfully discusses all challenges to driving whether relating to road conditions, weather, time of the day, visibility, nature of traffic among others, said the Governor.
On the occasion, the Governor also said that this manual should be supplied to the drivers who appear for learner or renewal license at least 15 days in advance.
Prepared to promote road safety, the 200-page manual will equip the readers with necessary information on the traffic rules and regulations, penalty for offenders, magnitude of pedestrian death and injury in the country, how to handle emergencies situations like tyre burst, post crash management and key risk factors like speed, alcohol, mobile among others.
Apart from this, the manual with illustrations also stresses on road safety rules when approaching a roundabout, controlled or uncontrolled intersections, significance of road signs and markings, rules for parking, highway driving and procedure to get the driving license.
The Governor also released a series of three books “Towards Road Safety” as part of the curriculum for school children. These road safety books (in Hindi and English) have been developed by Chandigarh Traffic Police in association with the State Council of Education, Research and Training (SCERT), UT, Chandigarh for primary (3-5 class), middle (6-8 class) and senior levels (9-10 class) for school children.
Badnore directed that these books should be introduced as part of the curriculum for school children from the next academic session i.e. 2020-2021. Notably, as many as 96 people including 27 pedestrians died due in road accidents in Chandigarh last year while in 2018, 98 people including 35 pedestrians were killed due to road accidents in the city.
As per the data with UT Traffic Police, a total of 316 road accidents were reported in 2018, out of which 294 were due to rash driving, 12 were caused due to drunken driving and 10 due to red light jumping. In 2017, 342 road accidents and 107 fatalities were reported while the number of accidents was 428 and fatalities were 151 in 2016.