Road safety month launched

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Imphal: Transport minister Vungzagin Valte on Monday inaugurated the observation of National Road Safety Month on the theme ‘SadakSuraksha-JeevanRaksha’ at the Manipur state transport (MST) Complex, here to disseminate awareness regarding road safety and reduce road accidents.

Valte expressed his gratitude to traffic police, transport department, NGOs and individuals who are instrumental in the awareness campaigns and implementation of road safety rules in the states.

He urged the public to maintain road safety guidelines by wearing helmet, seatbelt or not using mobile phones while driving. He asked the concern authorities who issue driving licence to only the qualified and trained drivers for the safety of the individual and the public.

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The minister also instructed the different transport organisations to actively participate in the campaign for road safety months and asked the transport department to organize awareness campaign related to road safety in all the district headquarters.

The Mmnister also released a pamphlet on 10 golden rules for road safety published.

Distribution of certificates and memento to traffic control police, enforcement officers of transport department, media persons, NGOs and individuals for their outstanding contribution in road safety related activities marked the event.

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Transport ACS P. Vaiphei cautioned parents not to allow children to drive vehicles as this can cause loss of lives due to accidents and the parents can be penalized to the extent of three years of imprisonment. Registration of vehicles, which has been put on halt, should be registeredwithin March 21 as this will be the last date for extension through the dealers as registration of vehicles will be done by them and not the DTOs, he added.

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Chief secretary Dr Rajesh Kumar, chief secretary, DGP L.M Khaute, director transport Dr NiveditaLairenlakpam, and officials from transport department and traffic police attended the functions.

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