On 20th of April, 2017, Consumer Voice organised its third workshop of Consumer Conversation Series on the Topic of “Road Safety Menace: Can the new bill address these issues.” Held at Gulmohar Hall, India Habitat Centre, Delhi, this is part of the initiative undertaken by Consumer Voice to educate and guide consumers on various issues.
The session began at 6:30 PM with tea and networking, followed by the opening address and introduction by Mr.Ashim Sanyal, COO, and Consumer VOICE. He also presented video on the rash driving on our Indian roads.
Thereafter, the panelists Mr.Nalin Sinha, Global Health Advocacy Incubator, Mr.Ravi Prasad, Chief Engineer of Ministry of Road Transport and Highways and Mr.Saji Cherian, Director Operations of Save Life Foundation addressed the audience and also shared their specific presentations with statistics, facts and figures.
Mr Nalin Sinha gave us some startling facts for us to ponder upon. Over 3400 people die on world’s roads everyday and millions of people are injured or disabled every year. Mr Ravi Prasad highlighted the importance of integrating the 4 Es for effective road safety measures which included Engineering (Roads), Engineering (Vehicles), Enforcement, Education and Emergency while Shaji Cherian spoke about the importance of good Samaritan Laws as 50% people and children die on the roads as they are not taken to the hospital on time.
The conversation series witnessed participants from various walks of life including students, professionals, and representatives of academic institutions, consumers, road safety activists, and retired officials from Indian Air force.
Lastly, the session ended with Note of thanks to panelists and audience. A comprehensive question answer session brought an end to the interesting Conversation Series. Thereby, the panelists were felicitated by Mr.Anand Pandeya, Director- Outreach, Consumer VOICE. A copy of Road Safety Booklet was also distributed to the audience for more information.