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India to use Facebook, Twitter to curb road accidents

Tuesday, 29 September 2009, 06:27 Hrs   |    5 Comments
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India to use Facebook, Twitter to curb road accidents
New Delhi: Social networking sites Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and even blogs will be made use of by the Indian government to spread the message of safe driving, transport officials said on Monday.

"For generating mass awareness about road safety, apart from using traditional media tools, modern web-based social networking tools will be used to spread knowledge of road safety," K.K. Kapila, vice chairman of the International Road Federation (IRF), said in a statement.

"We have developed videos on safe driving and other aspects of road safety. We plan to put them up on YouTube to cater to the growing number of people whose first choice to find information is to go online," Kapila added.

India's road transport and highways ministry and IRF last week launched a national campaign to reduce road accidents by 50 percent by 2012.

"Road safety is a community effort. We will seek additional ideas on tackling areas like aggressive driving, drug-driving as well as continuing to look for new approaches to saving lives by targeting speed and young drivers," Kapila said.

The ministry says over 100,000 people are killed in road accidents in India every year. On an average, 313 persons die every day on Indian roads -- and this number is on the rise.

India accounts for nearly 10 percent of 1.3 million road accident deaths worldwide each year.
Source: IANS
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Reader's comments(5)
1: Truck drivers do not read facebook. There are no road rules in India even in big metros, forget the smaller towns. Sadly casualties will continue.
Posted by:Pratap - 30 Sep, 2009
2: Mr K.K.Kapila, is it a complex math problem to solve. How difficult is to understand that please issue the DL to only those people who pass the exam,theory as well as written. Your 80% problem will be solved. At least in north India, you can get a DL without even appearing in RTO office.
Posted by:Ratnesh - 29 Sep, 2009
3: Ridiculous, how can these sites, which are mere time pass for people, generate awareness?
Posted by:Radha - 29 Sep, 2009
the very fact that ppl are here for time pass and view videos etc on these sites is reason inuff to use them for raising awareness! If your argument is correct then isnt TV, Cinema, etc "Time Pass" too? Education and awareness need to be raised where anyone would listen or where there exixts a possibility! Whats the harm?
xlnc Replied to: Radha - 24 Oct, 2009
It is not a matter of just truck drivers! Even the educated class has no regard for safety or respect for the rules. I mean how many times have we seen accidents being caused by the educated and wealthy! FB, Twitter etc wont all solve the problem but can do their bit in raising awareness! There is no magic pill....and attitudes need to change...and awareness is one way to get there!
xlnc Replied to: Radha - 24 Oct, 2009