Seminar stresses road safety to curb rising deaths

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Thousands of industry members and workers are exposed to traffic accidents that cause social and economic losses to society and the country every year.

The fatalities can be reduced by implementing traffic rules through effective planning. This was the unanimous declaration by the participants of a Road Safety Seminar and CEO Excellence Award Ceremony jointly organized by CopperGAT Cables and NHMP Training College in Lahore. Commandant Training College DIG Mehboob Aslam, CEO CopperGAT Cables Mian Safdar Hussain, veteran actor Iftikhar Thakur, industrial workers and officers of Motorway Police participated in the seminar.

The participants highlighted different essential aspects of road safety. Addressing the participants of the seminar, Commandant Mahboob Aslam said that road accidents were a global challenge as millions of people lost their lives in road crashes every year. He further said that road crashes were the eighth leading cause of death, and if the current ratio of accidents continued, it would become the fifth leading cause of death by 2030.

The seminar participants were also informed that road accidents were the leading cause of death among people aged five to 29. Commandant Mahboob Aslam stressed that observance of traffic rules and road safety measures were of utmost importance to save precious lives and properties. Speaking on the occasion, Mian Safdar Hussain said that road safety was a collective issue which required an active and joint role from all segments of society. He added that the role of social media was significant in creating road safety awareness among people.

Duaa Mirza is a correspondent covering crime, social issues and law enforcement. She is the youngest crime reporter and the only woman who visits crime scenes on her motorbike. She tweets @DuaaMirza12.