Awareness campaign to reduce bike accidents caused by dupattas

Majority of people injured in road accidents are motorcyclists


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LAHORE: The City Traffic Police launched an awareness campaign in order to prevent motorcycle accidents due to women’s dupattas, scarfs and clothes getting caught in the wheels or chains of motorcycles.

CTO Captain (retd) Liaqat Ali Malik inaugurated the campaign by placing flyers on rickshaws in Liberty Market. SP Traffic Sadar Division Sardar Asif Khan, Young Doctors Association President Dr Salman Kazmi, Rickshaw Union President Majeed Ghauri and Safety Manager of Atlas Honda Tasleem Shuja were present on the occasion.

The CTO said women suffer injuries after their clothes, scarfs or dupattas get caught in motorcycle chain covers. He added the biggest reason for these accidents were uncovered chains of motorcycles. “By raising awareness among motorcyclists, especially women, these accidents can be prevented,” he said.

Three killed, 1,090 injured in road accidents across Punjab

He maintained that the majority of people injured during road accidents were motorcyclists. “Their travel will be made as save as possible and this campaign will be as assured as the helmet campaign,” he added. Motorcyclists will be directed to make sure that their two-wheelers’ chains are covered.

He added awareness camps will be set up in different areas of the city. In the initial phase, banners will be placed behind more than 6,000 rickshaws.”

Young Doctors Association President Dr Kazmi said clothing-related traffic accidents were being reported in the hospitals of Lahore on a daily basis.

Meanwhile, in Multan, the traffic police started delivering lectures at mosques to create awareness about traffic rules, under the community policing programme. This has won the appreciation of citizens. The programme to create mass awareness has been initiated on the directions of Regional Police Officer (RPO) Waseem Khan, under the supervision of Chief Traffic Officer (CTO) Huma Naseeb.

The city traffic police started the campaign 15 days ago across the district. A citizen Muhammad Saleem said he listened to the lecture twice in the mosque and resolved not to violate traffic rules in future.

Delivering a lecture at Jamia Masjid Abdul Bakar Siddique Qasoori Chowk on Friday, a traffic police official briefed the people as to how they could protect themselves and others while travelling on the road. The official said implementation of the law was the key to success.

He urged citizens to follow traffic rules in order to save their own lives and those of others.

CTO Huma Naseeb has restored the traffic police help unit to ensure maximum relief to people during travel. This unit has been provided the latest equipment and the first aid kits.

*With additional input from APP 

Published in The Express Tribune, February 9th, 2019.

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