**Bhubaneswar/Cuttack:** The 30th National Road Safety Week commenced today and is set to be observed till 10th of this month. On occasion of this, several programs were conducted across the State and ‘Sadak Suraksha Rath’ (awareness vehicles) were flagged off.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik tweeted, “Careless driving & unsafe use of roads are the major reason for accidents. Awareness & adequate precautions can play a significant role in reducing accidents. At the start of National Road Safety Week, I urge road users to join the drive to make our roads safer to save valuable lives.”
Twin City Commissioner of Police Satyajit Mohanty said, “Our main focus is to spread awareness among students and teenagers in schools and colleges. We have also planned programs with auto associations, taxi associations and drivers. The Commissionerate Police is ensuring all steps to bring down the number of deaths occurring due to road mishaps.”
In Cuttack, DCP Akhilesvar Singh said, “Following traffic rules is a mindset. Don’t just follow rules because you are scared that you will be caught on CCTV.”
Actor Anubhav Mohanty flagged off the vehicle in silver city that had important road signs and an announcement system. He said, “We should honor traffic rules and cooperate with Commissionerate Police. Following traffic rules will not only save your life but also others.”
The awareness Raths had basic road safety rules like: Wear helmet and other riding gear; Wear bright noticeable clothes while riding; Be a cautious rider; Wear seat belt (even as a passenger); Don’t ignore traffic rules, Don’t over speed, Don’t drink and drive, Don’t use mobile phones.
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