Remembrance Day for accident victims
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Remembering the ones who lost their lives in road accidents, the Chandigarh Traffic police and a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), ArriveSAFE observed the UN World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. The president of the NGO, Harman Singh Sidhu said that the Chandigarh administration should start more mini buses rather than starting a Metro.
Talking to Chandigarh Newsline , Sidhu said, "the administration is widening the inner roads of the sectors which is like an invitation to the people to drive more rashly. Instead, we should enhance our public transport so that less people use their vehicles in day to day lives.
The NGO with Chandigarh police lit a 12 feet candle at the Sector 17, plaza to remember the ones who lost their lives in a road accident. The Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims is commemorated globally on the third Sunday of November each year to remember the many millions killed and injured on the world's roads.
"This is a reminder to the decision makers, authorities and engineers (Building Roads and Vehicles) to make safer roads and to the Road Users to follow traffic rules as nearly 1,38,000 die on Indian roads every year, which is highest in the World", said Harman Singh Sidhu.
He also added that nearly 375 people die in road accidents everyday. "I would call them crashes and not accidents. These road crash incidents are predictable and preventable", said Harman. The Chandigarh Traffic police distributed written material on road safety and traffic rules.
Sidhu had urged the Chandigarh Administration in May 2009 to earmark a suitable place for "memorable greens", a living memorial for road crash victims. "we once again appeal the Chandigarh administration to consider our appeal", he said.
The decade, 2011-2020 has been declared as The Decade of Action for Road Safety, to save five million lives.