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Roads to be made safer in 2010

Year-long workshops for KSRTC, BMTC drivers planned

ROAD safety and trauma care are going to get a lot of emphasis in the coming year. Nimhans, along with Bruhat Bangalore Mahangara Palike (BBMP), Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC), government hospitals and Traffic Police will conduct a series of year-long training programme on road safety, accident prevention and trauma care from January 2010 under Bangalore Road Safety and Injury Surveillance Programme.

Transport Commissioner Bhaskar Rao will conduct a training specifically for KSRTC and BMTC drivers involved in accidents. 

Meditation classes
“I am already in talks with Nimhans and organisations that conduct meditation classes in Kannada. The workshop will be conducted for 50 drivers each from KSRTC and BMTC. It will be held in two parts – city and inter-city drivers,” Rao said. 

In the absence of post-accident trauma counselling for drivers in India, the workshop aims to understand drivers’ the stress levels, elicit their expectations from the organisation and feelings about the accident. 

The first workshop will be held within February 2010, he revealed.
Meanwhile, Nimhans has already carried out training sessions for 40 Bruhat Bangalore Mahangara Palike engineers and 28 casualty officers in Victoria Hospital, this week. 

A first
“This is the first time something like this is happening. We wanted to sensitise the engineers while designing a road, as they would think from the engineering point of view,” said Dr Govindaraju, BBMP Joint Commissioner (Health). 

While the initial session focused on designing safe roads for pedestrians and road users, another session will be conducted in January.

Praveen Sood, Additional Commissioner of Traffic, said that Road Traffic Accident (RTAs) was one of the components of the training session that was held three times a weeks involving three batches of 50 policemen each. 

“The component will mainly focus on how to record the information on the accident while registering it, finding reasons for the accident, etc that would help the investigation. The second thrust area would be on handling the injured to prevent further trauma,” he informed. 

“There is a need to upgrade facilities across the board. However, the primary goal should be to ensure that road accidents do not happen,” said Dr G Gururaj, Professor and Head of Epidemiology Department, Nimhans. 

There is also a need for a central co-ordinating lead authority that would focus on road traffic accidents and coordinates with various departments, he felt.

(Published in Deccan Herald on 21st December, 2009)

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