‘An action that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more, is definitely the most stupendous task achieved in one’s life.’
A heterogeneous traffic mix that includes high speed vehicles sharing the road space with vulnerable road users as well as unsafe road infrastructure and vehicles that are in poor condition all contribute to high fatality rates seen on Indian roads. In India almost over one lakh people lose their lives every year due to road accidents causing loss of human lives and property, and trauma to the family of the decreased. As a part of advocacy campaign for road safety, ‘Road Safety Week’ was observed from 11th to 17th January 2017 in order to highlight and emphasize the need for road safety.
Through a collaboration process and at the invitation of Kolkata police for ‘Safe Drive Save Life’ campaign in the locality, the school had taken upon itself the responsibility to lead the way. A group of hundred enthusiastic and optimistic students accompanied by the enlivening teachers of BDMI gathered in front of the school building.
The principal, Mrs. Vijaya Chaudhuri shared some words on social awareness with the students and congratulated them for joining such an extravagant activity before the event kick started. To give a quick start to the event, a fascinating aerobic performance with the mellifluous song of Safe Drive Save Life was performed to motivate the minds of the campaigners, immediately after which an enchanting magic show took place and made everyone awestruck.
The hundred campaigners along with the guidance of Kolkata Police with placards which highlighted the importance of road safety and fatal risks caused by vehicles started a rally at one in the afternoon. A small but conscious step towards social awareness makes an immense impact. Everybody needs to be well aware of road traffic rules especially children and young people who are at significant road accident risks. To inculcate the sense of safe driving and responsible road behavior the students read out the guidelines given by the Kolkata Police. A good citizen not only avoids breaking the rules himself but also sees that they are not broken by others. The amalgamated awareness o each individual in this issue can only make India a better place to live in.