by The Welthi Bureau 15th June, 2019
Traffic Awareness To Avoid Accidents (TATAA) is an initiative of Dr. Sarath Chandra Mouli Veeravalli, the clinical director of the Rheumatology department, KIMS, Secunderabad, to create safer roads in our society, with a motto of zero-tolerance to road accidents. Telangana State Transport Minister Sri Vemula Prashanth Reddy will be attending it as chief guest. Officials from GHMC and several corporate leaders are expected to take part in the walk.
• Nearly 1,65,000 people die every year due to road accidents in India, which is equivalent to the population of Port Blair.
• Road accidents kill 17 people every hour in India, a person every four minutes.
• India loses 3% of its GDP to road accidents, which is over 58,000 million dollars in terms of value.
• Emerging as one of the top causes of death among the most productive age groups, road accidents have developed into a major public health crisis across the world.
• Distracted driving has been identified as an important risk factor in road traffic injuries.
Road accidents have developed into a major health crisis across the world. Every year over 1,65,000 people die because of road crashes in India and the proportion of those who get injured is nearly three to four times higher. The pedestrians and two-wheeler riders are among the most affected victims in all the road traffic deaths causing considerable economic losses to individuals, their families, and to the nation.
Tragically, youth is the largest casualty of road accidents. Distracted driving has been identified as one of the key reasons for causing road deaths. Some of the leading causes of distracted driving accidents include using a cellphone while driving, as well as eating food or drinking from a mug or bottle while behind the wheel. The other causes being speeding, drinking and driving, changing lanes abruptly and bad weather conditions.
Cognizant of the fact that a collective effort is required to bring down the casualties and save more lives, TATAA is an initiative that is committed towards driving awareness about road safety and reducing road fatalities. It urges people in Hyderabad to take action immediately.
TATAA is organizing a 2K Awareness Walk on Road Safety this Sunday, 16th June at 6.30 AM, Jalavihar, Necklace Road, Hyderabad, and simultaneously at 24 other locations across AP and Telangana - Vizag, Srikakulam, Rajahmundry, Warangal, Amalapuram, Kakinada, Cheryala, Nirmal, Aler, Nellore, Ongole, Anantapur, Kurnool, Malikipuram, Warangal, Khammam, Kakinada, Vikarabad, Manchiryala, Vemulawada, RamaChandrapuram, Mandapeta, Bhainsa, Bodhan.
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