Road safety and traffic rules mandatory in the School Curriculum for Students

Chief Secretary instructed to run awareness campaign on road safety by making effective use of social media

Virtual review meeting of road safety works under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary

Raipur 24 November 2021: Under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary Shri Amitabh Jain, a review meeting of road safety was held today at Mantralaya Mahanadi Bhawan through video conferencing. The Chief Secretary directed the Collectors and Superintendents of Police of all the districts of the State to review the causes of road accidents and take corrective measures. He said that such junctions where accidents are happening more, take necessary action after conducting intensive study district wise.
Chief Secretary Shri Jain said that common citizens should be encouraged to use helmets, seatbelts and follow road safety rules in the state. Make citizens aware about the prevention of road accidents through village chaupal in rural areas. He told the Collectors, Superintendents of Police of all the districts that public awareness and training programs should be done regularly for road safety in the districts. There should be a review meeting of road safety at district level every month. Shri Jain directed that in order to bring more awareness among the students and parents about traffic rules, quiz competitions should be organized at district level, divisional level, state level from time to time and the winner should be rewarded. Road safety of the general public should be given special attention by marking animal-infested roads and square-intersections. He also directed to conduct a comparative study of the rules related to road safety with other states, where road accidents have come down.
Chairman of the Inter-departmental Lead Agency (Road Safety) Mr. Sanjay Sharma informed that at present, the Inter-departmental Lead Agency (Road Safety) has been given to monitor GPS in the vehicle in the entire state. Road safety and traffic rules will be compulsorily included in the schools in the state from class I to X. Under the Department of School Education, discussions were held on traffic education materials in textbooks, programs to increase awareness and awareness for road safety among students, and action to establish standard system in school bus operation. Programs like Kaun Banega Road Safety Champion are being implemented in schools. Project work related to road safety is also being given to the students. So far 4578 quizzes based on traffic rules have been organized in schools and winners are getting their certificates online.
The meeting was attended by Public Works Department, National Highways, improvement of previously identified black spots under PMGSY, protocol fixed for identification and improvement of new black spots and progress of improvement work, measures taken for safety on various routes, vehicles on major new routes. Facilities installed for drivers, action taken to ensure road design from the point of view of road safety, road safety audit of main roads were given detailed information.
In the meeting, the latest status of implementation of the new Motor Vehicles Act under the Transport Department, action of overloaded vehicles, road safety and other measures to prevent accidents were discussed. Under the Health Department, necessary guidelines were given on the location of trauma centers in the state, mapping of government and private ambulances. Information about the current road safety scenario and road safety fund, enforcement action on violation of traffic rules, awareness campaign to follow traffic rules was given under the Police Department. Similarly, under the Urban Administration Department, information was given regarding the future action plan regarding sign-boards and hoardings affecting the drivers on the roads and removal of animals. In the meeting, there was a discussion regarding the compliance of the guidelines of the Supreme Court on Road Safety. Instructions were given to the departmental officers regarding the smooth operation of the Inter-Departmental Lead Agency (Road Safety).
Secretary Public Works Shri Siddharth Komal Pardeshi, Additional Transport Commissioner Shri Dipanshu Kabra, Additional DG Traffic Shri Pradeep Gupta, Transport Commissioner Shri Topeshwar Verma, Inter-Departmental Lead Agency (Road Safety) Chairman Shri Sanjay Sharma, General Manager, National Highways Authority of India Shri S. .Chowdhary, District Collector, Superintendent of Police and other senior officers were present.