Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday sought police–public cooperation for success of the Safe Drive Save Life scheme.”Like Kanyashree that has bagged international awards, Safe Drive Save Life programme will also earn world recognition someday,” she said while inaugurating Jay Ho, a cultural evening organised by the Kolkata Police at Netaji Indoor Stadium on Friday.She said since the implementation of Safe Drive Save Life programme, the number of road accidents has come down drastically. “It will be a great achievement if we can bring down the number of road accidents even by 1,000. Parents go through unbearable pain when they lose their sons or daughters in road accidents,” she said and added: “We must keep in mind how much efforts parents have to make to raise their children and if road accidents claim their lives, then for them everything comes to a standstill in seconds.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeRecalling her interaction with a few journalists who had recently visited Sikkim, she said: “The journalists have told me that they saw the Safe Drive Save Life slogan in Sikkim also. The slogan is written in the Hills to make drivers aware of their responsibility.” She said that recently she met a couple who would go on a world tour to propagate the Safe Drive Save Life slogan to create awareness in different countries.”I was really happy when they told me that they would carry the Safe Drive Save Life slogan along to create awareness.” She urged the owners of television channels to have a programme on the subject to create awareness among the commoners. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt may be mentioned that the Chief Minister’s statewide Safe Drive Save Life campaign has helped in bringing down the number of road accidents in the past few years.The state has witnessed 22 percent decline in road accidents in the first quarter of 2018 compared to that of the corresponding period in 2016. Moreover, fatalities due to road accidents have also gone down by 18 percent in the same period of time. In the programme “Jai Ho” of Kolkata Police, this year the theme was “Manusher Sathe” (With the People). There were various programmes based on the theme including a dance performance in which around 39 police personnel participated. Family members of the rank and file of Kolkata Police were present at the event that is organised every year since the change of guard in the state.
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