MULTAN

Speakers at a road safety seminar were of the unanimous view that effective planning and implementation of traffic rules can help curtailing fatal road traffic accidents, which are claiming the precious human lives to the volume of 1.3 million across the world and 12500 in Pakistan annually.

The seminar was organized by National Highways and Motorways Police (NH&MP) here on Friday. Inspector General NH&MP, Zulfiqar Ahmad Cheema, was the chief guest of the seminar while Vice Chancellor BZ University, Prof Khawaja Alqma, Senior Columnist Khalid Masood, DIG Motorway N-5 Central, Mirza Shakil Ahmad, CPO Multan Cap (r) Muhammad Shoaib, GM NHA Shaikh Tufail, Principle Nishtar Medical College Dr Samee Akhtar, SSP Ghulam Jaffer, Professor Zubeida Javed, renowned legal expert, Syed Shebaz Ali Rizvi were among the speakers. The members of civil society, students, transporters and media representative were also present on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, IG Motorways Zulfiqar Ahmad Cheema said Road safety should be the part of school syllabus to improve safety which is currently far below than the magnitude of problem. He said we are unaware of road sense as a nation while the absence of 3-Es——Education, Law Enforcement and Engineering——especially law enforcement and road user’s behaviour being the major stakeholder, were causing accidents on roads.

He went on to say that more than 80 percent accidents occur due to the fault of drivers and remaining 20 percent due to the mechanical faults. He added over speeding, careless attitude, underage driving, use of drugs while driving, fatigue, and lane violation are the major factors which result into fatal accidents.

However, the IG Zulfiqar Ahmad Cheema said that National Highways and Motorway Police have always maintained the standard of road safety in Pakistan which is also always acknowledged worldwide. He said that he is committed to create the supremacy and enforcement of law on motorways. The road user/driver would automatically adopt traffic rules and regulations once he would enter on national highways and motorways across the country. He further added road traffic crashes, should not be accepted as inevitable because they are, in fact, both predictable and preventable.

Zulfiqar Cheema said the probability of accidents can be reduced in a number of different ways. All public agencies as well as private sectors need to play their role in strengthening road safety. He also said The NH&MP will be converted into a model organization of region as its standards of law-enforcement will be raised to the level of European Traffic Police. He said that if anyone is fined for more than one time, his license would be sent for cancellation under license punching system.

The famous lawyer Syed Shebaz Rizvi also spoke on the occasion and said that Motorway Police has changed the police culture with   and ensured a safe and trouble free journey for the people. He further NH&MP is known with his soft and firm behaviour.

Vice Chancellor BZU University, Syed Khawaja Alqma while speaking on the occasion said they education institutions can play vital role for changing mind set of public regarding road safety and these kinds of road safety seminar can also bring awareness among public.