LAHORE - The National Highways & Motorway Police have launched a briefing and education drive about dozing at wheel for the drivers.

While monitoring that the dozing due to fatigue and weariness is one of the foremost reasons of accidents on highways, NH&MP DIG Mirza Faran Baig yesterday directed the authorities to launch the awareness campaign.

The NH&MP N-5 Central Zone is observing two weeks ‘Dozing at Wheel’ campaign in which officers will brief motorists especially drivers of HTVs and PSVs to take proper rest during long journey and in case they feel drowsy, they should stay somewhere and have a cup of tea. The officers have also been directed to ensure the use of hooter and horn whenever any HTV vehicle or passenger bus passes them especially in the late hours of night. The officers have further been asked to visit different hotels and rest areas besides national highway to brief and educate the drivers staying there about the phenomenon.

In order to make this campaign more successful and meaningful, Mobile Education Unit of Central Zone will also visit different Goods Transport and Passenger Bus terminals from Lahore to Rahim Yar Khan in order to brief and educate drivers about the hazards of driving while drowsy. Banners containing awareness messages will also been displayed at all the important places on national highways.

PES: The Punjab Emergency Service (PES) has started recruitment and procurement process for Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Units at divisional level.

Rescue 1122 DG Dr Arshad Zia on Sunday said Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif's visionary step to establish USAR teams would enhance operational capacity of Rescue 1122.

In this regard, the induction process for recruiting USAR teams (each consisting of 50 members) for Lahore and Rawalpindi divisions has been started by publishing recruitment advertisement in leading newspapers, he said.

The interested candidates can apply through National Testing Service and successful candidates would have an opportunity to be a part of specialized team.

The process of procuring emergency vehicles, machinery and equipment for two USAR units started for timely fulfilling the need of establishing specialized teams in both divisions.

The DG said the chief minister had approved a summary for establishment of Urban Search & Rescue Teams in all nine divisional headquarters of Punjab.

Lahore and Rawalpindi are included in the first phase due to increase number of complex emergencies/ disasters whereas in second phase remaining divisions would be capacitated with Urban Search and Rescue Teams and Specialized Equipment.

Rescue 1122 would complete this process with support of the Pakistan Army in terms of ensuing quality training to specialized teams as Pakistan Army and Capital Development Authority (CDA) possess requisite modern and sophisticated Urban Search & Rescue equipment as well as trained human resource.

These USAR teams after Division Lahore and Rawalpindi would be established in Multan, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Sargodha, Bahawalpur, DG Khan and Sahiwal.