IRTE, Diageo India partner to extend Road to Safety Programme in Arunachal Pradesh

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HT Correspondent

ITANAGAR, Jan 20: Diageo India together with the Institute of Road Traffic Education (IRTE) conducted the Road to Safety National Capacity Building Program for the Traffic Police officials of Arunachal Pradesh in Itanagar recently.

DGP Arunachal, RP Upadhyaya, IPS; DIGP (HQ), Madhur Verma, IPS and MS Upadhye, IPS Retd, Advisor & Principal Faculty IRTE, Delhi were the chief guests and inaugurated the programme together with Dr Rohit Baluja, President, IRTE; and other senior officials. The two-day programme trained over 80 transport and traffic police officials in Arunachal Pradesh.

The Capacity Building Training Programme is in line with the recently launched ‘’Hamara Arunachal Abhiyan’’, by the Arunachal Pradesh Government, which aims to involve all sections of the society in managing law and order in the state.

As per the World Health Organisation’s Global status report on road safety 2018, road accidents are a leading cause of deaths globally, claiming 1.35 million lives every year. In India, over 4,67,044 road accidents and over 1,51,417 fatalities have been reported during the year 2018. The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MORTH) reports that a total of 175 fatalities took place in Arunachal Pradesh alone due to road accidents in 2018.

With the objective to create awareness and impart training, the capacity building programme recently provided the necessary skill sets to investigate, analyse road accidents and to take necessary steps to mitigate occurrence of these issues. The modules covered in the training programmes included Codes of Practice; Codes & Standards; Role of Police in Traffic Management; Legal Instruments dealing with Traffic and its Violation.

Speaking on the initiative, Abanti Sankaranarayanan, Chief Strategy and Corporate Affairs Officer, Diageo India, said “Diageo India’s ‘Road to Safety’ initiative aims to create the necessary impact to address the important state of road safety in our country. By collaborating with the Arunachal Pradesh Police officials together with IRTE and MORTH, we want to create a national movement around road safety.”

The Diageo India ‘Road to Safety’ initiative together with IRTE is currently in its 5th Year and aims to provide capacity building training to transport and traffic police officials. Each programme is conducted by an expert panel of faculty from IRTE. The deliberations include integrating Motor Vehicles Driving Regulations, Motor Vehicles Act & Arunachal Pradesh Motor Vehicles Rules.

The programme will also highlight Legal Instruments and Codes of Practice pertaining to Traffic Management & Road Safety. Since 2014, the programme has trained over 5000 police officials and 7000 other participants who include Navy Officers, Engineers, Transport Officers and Commercial Vehicle Drivers. The training programmes have taken place in 22 states & Union Territories and 65 cities till date.

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