State chief ministers have been asked to include schools and universities and turn road safety into a social movement by the Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Dr. CP Joshi.
In letters sent to chief ministers last week, Dr. Joshi sought their cooperation in this endeavour by organizing road safety related activities in their state on a large scale especially in school/colleges so that the youth get sensitized on the issue.
Keeping in view the theme for Road Safety Week this time "Stay Alive, Don't Drink and Drive" Joshi asked for spreading awareness against drunken driving.
Joshi has also promised his ministry's financial assistance, up to Rs. five lakh per state for organizing road safety related activities in schools. These activities may include debates/painting and essay competitions/rallies and other such events with token prizes/ certificates.
In order to spread road safety awareness "Road Safety Week" is observed all over the country in the month of January every year. Till now 23 such Road Safety Weeks have been celebrated.
The ensuing 24th road safety week will be celebrated from January 1 to January 7 2013. The theme for Road Safety Week this time is "Stay Alive, don't drink and drive". The emphasis will be on spreading awareness against drunken driving.
During Road Safety Week, States/UTs/NGOs and other stake-holders/agencies involved in road safety undertake various activities aimed at inculcating/promoting road safety.
The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has written to the Pr. Secretaries (Transport) and Commissioner (Transport) of all States/UTs in this regard.