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Sudden rise in road accidents in Srinagar during festive celebrations

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MASROOR AHMAD

SRINAGAR: In response to the alarming surge in road accidents reported in the Kashmir region on the occasion of Eid festival, SSP Traffic City Srinagar and an NGO have collaborated to launch an urgent awareness initiative in the City.
Senior officials of the City Traffic Police and Volunteers of the NGO were present on the occasion. Officials said ,the recent revelations by SMHS Hospital regarding the increasing number of serious accidents have underscored the urgent need for immediate action to promote road safety and prevent further tragedies. As the community is celebrating festivals like Eid Ul Fitr, Baisakhi and other festivals ,ensuring the safety of all road users is of paramount important.
Speaking at the event, DySP Traffic City Srinagar Mehboob emphasized the collective responsibility of all citizens in ensuring road safety, especially during festive seasons when traffic volume tends to increase. He urged individuals to exercise caution, patience, and vigilance while navigating the roads, and to prioritize the safety of themselves and others.
He said that to address this important issue, Traffic City Srinagar and an NGO organized an awareness activity at Boulevard Road Srinagar. The purpose of the event was to educate and engage motorists, pedestrians, and the wider community on safe driving practices, the importance of following traffic rules, and the dangers of reckless behavior on the roads.
The NGO volunteers reiterated their commitment to promote awareness about road safety and implement measures to reduce incidents of accidents. Through joint efforts with law enforcement agencies, civil society organizations and community stakeholders, the foundation aims to promote a culture of responsible street behavior and protect lives.
SSP Traffic City Srinagar urged the public to prioritize safety, exercise caution, and demonstrate responsible driving habits. By working together, we can create safer roads and prevent the loss of precious lives, he added.
It is to be noted, that road accidents have seen an increase in the Valley during Eid celebrations as over 60 percent of hospitalisations in the last few days, particularly on the occasion of Eid, were due to road accidents. Leading doctors have expressed their concern over the increasing number of accidents during festivals.

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