HAILAKANDI, April 27 - In order to make the roads safer and to spread the message of road safety, the District Transport Office (DTO) here in association with traffic police and health personnel enacted a mock traffic accident involving two-wheelers at a busy traffic intersection in the town during the peak hours today.
Observed as part of the ongoing 29th National Road Safety Week, the accident involving the two-wheelers coming from opposite directions looked so real that people rushed instantly to rescue the injured persons who were riding the two-wheelers without helmets. Traffic and police personnel also rushed to the scene of the accident with Mritunjoy 108 ambulances blaring sirens and reached the spot within a few seconds to transport the blood-oozing victims to the hospital.
The accident was executed so perfectly that passersby, pedestrians and motorists could not comprehend that it was a pre-planned mock accident executed by the DTO, traffic police and health personnel.
Minutes after the accident, announcement by traffic personnel rent the air about the frightful consequences when people drive without helmets and use mobile handsets resulting in fatalities claiming thousands of lives.
Leaflets and pamphlets urging the people to observe the rules of the road were distributed by the DTO and traffic police personnel.
DTO Nripen Kalita, the man behind the whole show, said the accident was staged-managed to drive home the message how wearing helmets and shunning mobile phones while driving can prevent mishaps and save lives.
�The idea behind it all is to make people aware how important it is to observe traffic rules and regulations for their own safety as well as that of pedestrians and motorists on the road,� said Kalita.