PESHAWAR: They may be kings of the sky, but even air force pilots need to be told that once on the ground, the use of cell phones, dosing off on the wheel and worn out tyres cause the most fatalities on motorways.
Speaking to officers at PAF Base Peshawar, Motorway-I (M-I) SSP Muhammad Tahir urged them to wear seatbelts as it reduced the risk of a fatal injury by 45%. During a talk to raise awareness on road safety, the officer said motorway police driving schools wanted to bring about a change in the attitude of motorists.
He said the force played a two-dimensional role of implementing traffic laws and educating the masses on safe travel on national highways. The SSP added senior motorway police officials were ardent advocates of educating the public on road safety. He said creating awareness was crucial to saving lives.
Tahir added that teams of motorway police were formed to tour bus terminals, educational institutions and other organisations to spread awareness regarding road safety. The network of schools established all over the country are imparting driving skills and traffic education. He added four such institutes were operated by the M-1 police in Charsadda, Rashkai, Swabi, and Abbottabad.
The lecture was followed by a question-answer session in which the sector commander of the motorway police replied to queries of PAF officers and listened to their suggestions.
To conclude the talk, Base Commander Air Commodore Naveed Haider spoke about the importance of the exercise. He thanked the SSP for his lecture and requested the motorway police to continue such programmes to raise awareness in future.