Chandigarh: To ramp up efforts for improving road safety in the state, the Punjab Police joined hands with the Safety Alliance for Everyone Society (SAFE) to launch the “Safe Punjab” programme.
There has been a drop in road accidents and fatalities in the state in the last one year and the move aims at further improving road safety. Under the programme, the team of specialists will help the government to adopt better policies and procedures related to road crash database management, accident investigations, black spot identification and engineering interventions, improvement of post-crash scenarios in the state, and overall coordination.
Under the Safe Punjab programme, the forum will organise discussion and coordination between all stakeholders and departments of state and the Centre directly or indirectly working in the areas of traffic management and road safety, on ideas, strategies and faster implementation for a collective path for road safety reform in the country with Punjab leading the way. “Punjab Police, along with other stakeholders, is firmly committed to improving road safety scenario in the state through better the institutional mechanism,” said ADGP traffic Sharad Satya Chauhan.
“Road safety is going through a transitional phase, from intuition or judgment based methods of traffic management and road safety towards more rational and scientific methods of road safety,” said Safe Punjab mission director K S Pannu. Because of the multifaceted nature of road traffic crashes, specialists had been involved to reduce road fatalities, said Navdeep Asija, traffic advisor to the government of Punjab.
Punjab is the first state in India to adopt a scientific and institutional mechanism to minimise traffic deaths, said SAFE CEO Ahbab Ahmad.Source: Times of India