To spread awareness about road safety, the NGO, Lions club, has started a unique campaign — Selfie with Yamraj, the god of death
The campaign was organised in the Ahmednagar district, Maharashtra, on Monday, with an aim to spread awareness about traffic rules.
People, who did not wore the helmet, seat belt, and those who were not following the rules, were penalised by the police.
Though the fatalities, due to the road accidents, have come down from 1.50 lakh in 2016 to 1.48 lakh in 2017, the data released by the transport ministry, suggests that people are still not taking their own safety as a priority.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Amit Badve, the Orthopedic surgeon, said, “The incidents of road accidents have gone up. Around 200 patients come to me every month injured in the accidents. If people follow the traffic rules, then 80% of the accidents will reduce. To aware people, we have started the initiative Selfie with Yamraj.”
While Harjitsingh Wadhawa, President of the Lions Club Ahmednagar, said, “On Monday, October 08, we held the campaign in the city. Those who were not following the law were asked to click a selfie with Yamraj. The aim was to inform people, that if they drive without adhering the rules, then in future they could be in trouble as well.”
As per the data released by the State Police and the Transport Department, as many as 98 two-wheeler riders, who were riding the bike without a helmet, died per day in 2017. While 79 car drivers, driving without the seatbelt, also lost their lives
In Karnataka, as many as 4,035 people lost their lives due to not wearing the helmet, followed by Tamil Nadu with 3,497 deaths, and Uttar Pradesh with 2,897 deaths.