Bhubaneswar ,17/1 ( Odisha Samachar/Abhisek Mohanty) : “Road accidents not only cause human tragedies but also affect the society at large. To upgrade the skills of drivers, driving training centers have been setup in the State and much emphasis has been laid by the State Government to prevent accidents”, said Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, while addressing the closing ceremony of the 25th National Road Safety Week here at Jayadev Bhawan on Friday.
In his address Commerce and Transport Minister Subrat Tarai said that the theme for celebration of this year is “While you are on road always say ‘Pehle Aap’. More than 90 percent accidents occur due to human error in the State, where students are mostly victimized. Presently, drunken driving has also become another issue. A lot of measures are being taken being up taken by the Government to reduce accidents. Formation of Odisha Enforcement Cadre, conduction of refresher training and camps are some of the examples in this regard. Combined efforts are needed to make 2014 an accidents free year, he added.
Commissioner-cum-Secretary, Commerce & Transport Department G. Mathivathanan threw light on the initiatives which have been taken up by the Government. He highlighted that it has been decided to open four Regional Transport offices (RTOs) in Jajpur, Talcher, Bhanjanagar and Bhubaneswar. Collection of taxes for motor vehicles and application of driving license will also be made online in near future, he added.
Transport Commissioner Manoj Ahuja stated that raising awareness is very much important as 80 percent of accidents occur due to human error in the Country.
On the occasion a magazine titled “Gati Pragati” and a CD film on road safety was unveiled by the Chief Minister.