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campaign to remember those who lost their lives in accident

Posted on 2014-11-17

Making an Extra Effort Victim’s families, policemen light candles in their memory; residents participate in marathon to generate awareness on road safety

Noida/Ghaziabad, A two-day-long road safety awareness campaign was organized for the first time in Noida to commemorate the world day of Remembrance in Uttar Pradesh.

A series of events were held in the city on Saturday and Sunday to remember those who lost their lives in road accidents or suffered injuries. Initiated in 1993 and adopted by the United Nations in 2005, World Day of Remembrance for road traffic victims is commemorated on the third Sunday of November each year.

According to the traffic police department, as many as 310 people died in accidents in Gautam Budh Nagar during October 2013-2014.

Friends and families of road accident  victims along with officials of the transport department lighted candles in the memory of the people who died in the road accidents at Noida Gate on Sunday evening.

“We are commemorating the day to not only remember the ones who died in road accidents, but to also motivate people to follow traffic norms. A single mistake lasting for a fraction of second can be fatal. We all will have to work together to ensure road safety,” said Mayank Joyti, regional transport officer, (Ghaziabad region).

Many people participated in a marathon organized to spread awareness about the issue on Sunday morning. It started from ARTO office in Sector 32 and ended at Noida Stadium in Sector 21A.

A large number of people from different walks of life participated in a workshop organized at Ramagya School, Sector 50, on Saturday. “Representatives of residents’ welfare of associations, NGOs, traffic police officials, automobile deadlers and trade unions participated in the workshop highlighting the importance of driving safety,” said Rachna Yaduvanshi, assistant regional transport officer, Gautam Budh Nager.

Meanwhile, to educate vehicle owners about traffic rules and also to encourage them to follow traffic rules, the Ghaziabad regional transport department, NGO and other organisations hosted a programme on Sunday.

“Many of the road fatalities occur as people do not wear helmets and follow traffic norms. By doing this, they are putting their lives at stake and also the lives of pedestrians and other commuters at risk. We have organized various seminars, marathons and nukkad natak events to educate commuters over the issue,” said Mayank Joyti.

Officials of the regional transport office and other volunteers gathered at Old bus stand area and light candles to pay homage to the victims of road accidents.

“Commuters mist be educated about traffic safety norms. It is only after one loses a family member or a relative to an accident, that they realize the need for following norms,”  Said Narendra Kumar, who lost nine of his family members and relatives during an accident on NH-24 on May 28.