Transport Minister Sudin Dhawalikar stressed on the need to educate school children on road safety and traffic rules who in turn can educate others to avoid accidents and save many precious lives, while speaking at the 22nd Road Safety Week programme organized by the Directorate of Transport at Miramar, Panjim on Monday. The theme of the celebration this year is ‘Road Safety is Mission Not Intermission’.
He said that road safety awareness should not be restricted merely to one week, but it should be held throughout the year with an emphasis on maintaining traffic discipline. We need good highways for proper safety, he added.
He informed that the State Government has already fulfilled the demand of forming the State Road Safety Council, which was raised earlier by Goa Civic and Consumer Action Network Coordinator Roland Martins. Road safety awareness camps will also be organized throughout the year; he said and informed that the Government has already spent Rs 2.5 crore on road and traffic safety measures. It has also been decided to construct bus bays from Panjim to Margao and educate school children on road safety, he added.
Speaking on the occasion, Roland Martins said that increase in the number of road accidents in Goa is a matter of concern. He said the public transport system should be comfortable, affordable, safe and efficient and stressed the need for combined efforts to get rid of the stray cattle menace on roads which causes accidents.