By Our Staff Reporter
LAHORE: The Emergency Service Academy (ESA) Rescue 1122 on Tuesday organized an awareness rally titled ‘Left Lane and Safety Helmet’ in collaboration with Atlas Honda to create the road safety cognizance among general public besides motorcyclists to prevent road traffic crashes.
An awareness rally led by DG PES Dr Rizwan Naseer, flanked by Registrar Academy Dr Muhammad Farhan Khalid, DEO, Lahore Mr Shahid Waheed, Head of Safety Wing ESA, Muhammad Ahsan, and GM Atlas Honda Mr Zafar Iqbal. The walk was also participated by officers from Headquarters, Academy, Lahore, Rescue Scout, Atlas Honda Staff and a large number of rescuers.
The rally started from the Punjab University’s pedestrian Bridge on the canal and culminated at the Emergency Services Academy, after passing through Jinnah Underpass and Thokar Niaz Baig flyover. The participants of the rally carried banners and placards inscribed with different safety messages.
While addressing the rally, Dr Rizwan Naseer shared the road traffic crashes statistics with media representatives and participants of the rally. He said Rescue 1122 has rescued over 2.1 million helpless victims of emergencies since 2004. The Rescue Service is managing alone average 900 Road Traffic Crashes (RTCs) across Punjab on daily. Out of total road traffic crashes, 83 per cent of accidents occurred due to motorbikes.
The road traffic crashes have become the country’s biggest cause of accident’s injuries and deaths within just a few decades, he said. The statistic further revealed that major causes of accidents were over speeding, the volition of the lane, riding a motorbike without wearing a safety helmet and underage driving.
“It is need of the hour to prevent such increasing number of accidents through raising the road safety education, usage of safety helmet, driving a motorbike in the extreme left lane with 50km/h speed limit, enforcement of road safety laws, implementing of standardize driving licensing system and improving the road engineering besides restricting underage driving,” he reiterated.
All stakeholders and the citizens should come forward to join hands with Rescue 1122 for saving lives and promoting safety’ mission to save precious human lives from accidents, he asked the citizens.
At this occasion, GM Atlas Honda Mr Zafar Iqbal applauded the efforts of Rescue 1122 for safety promotion. He highlighted the vibrant role of Rescue 1122 for provision of timely emergency care to the victims of emergencies. He also ensured that Atlas Honda would provide all possible support to rescue for making this campaign successful.