In a recent press conference Nitin Gadkari, Minister for Road Transport & Highways and Shipping said that the Government is taking stringent steps towards curbing road accidents by working on various aspects like revolutionizing road engineering, installing better road signage, creating safer barriers and building cement concrete roads. He also added that his team is meticulously working on rectifying the identified accident black spots and a budget of 11 crore has been assigned for research. He appealed to people to keep a watchful eye on the roads and report any engineering defects to the Ministry without hesitation.
Gadkari gave special importance to the role of signage in reducing accident rates and ensured the public that they will get to experience better signage in the future and all the defective ones would be rectified with immediate effect. He reached out to people and urged them to be good Samaritans by helping victims of road accidents, following traffic rules, driving and walking responsibly on roads with special message to the youth of the country to educate people about road safety.
Union Minister for Civil Aviation Ashok Gajpathi Raju put across a very valid point that unless people themselves become aware and behave responsibly on roads, accidents cannot be avoided. Still, Government is working hard on the four Es of road safety; Engineering, Enforcement, Education and Emergency Care.
A walk was organized by Ministry of Road Transport and Highways in association with Delhi Police and Society for Indian Automobile Manufactures (SIAM) marking the beginning of Road Safety Week that would be observed from 9-15th January.