Road safety parks planned to teach children traffic rules

Karachi: Administrator Karachi Syed Hashim Raza Zaidi has said that Karachi Metropolitan Corporation KMC was taking every possible measure to control traffic accidents in Karachi and it has also established Road Safety Audit Task Force to point out the risky locations in the city.

Addressing a meeting on traffic accidents, he said that Transport & Communication Department should make efforts to curb the traffic accidents.

It was decided in meeting that Road Safety Program would be introduced in schools. Children would be provided with practical training of traffic risks and in this connection road safety parks would be built in Bagh-e-Ibne-Qasim, Safari Park and Karachi Zoo so that children could learn road safety rules while playing.

It was also decided that the program of UNO “Decade of action for road safety 201020” would be implemented and Road Safety Week with the collaboration of Road Traffic Injury Research Centre would be celebrated in May in which various programs for providing information about road safety and creating awareness among citizens would be held.

Zaidi said Transport Department should contact with traffic police to make people follow traffic rules.

It was decided that streetlights would be installed on roads having black spots. Moreover, the black spots would be removed and the causes of traffic accidents on different locations including Sharae Faisal, Expressway, M.A Jinnah Road, Rashid Minhas Road, Liaquatabad and Korangi Industrial Area would be removed.

On the occasion, Road Traffic Injury Research & Prevention Centre presented their report about traffic accidents and informed about statistics of traffic accidents, the condition of traffic risks and the combined efforts of KMC and Traffic Injury Research Centre.

Principal Investigator of Road Traffic Injury Research & Prevention Centre Dr. Rasheed Juma said that this centre was collecting statistics of traffic accidents from five big hospitals of the city and the efforts of Road Safety Audit Task Force for curbing the traffic accidents in the city were worth admiring.

Sr. Director Muhammad Ather informed about the performance of Road Safety Audit Task Force and the details of Road Safety Educational Programs in schools.

Deputy Commissioner Central Dr. Saifurrehman, Former I.G Traffic Police Asad Jahangir, Prof. Dr. Meer Shabbar Ali, Sr. Director HRM Shoaib Waqar and officers from Traffic Police, Motorway Police and KMC attended the meeting.