Noida: While people prefer to stay at home and enjoy the rainy season, volunteers of the 7X welfare team, a resident team along with Noida traffic volunteers, are doing awareness campaigns on traffic rules even in rain. With an aim to minimise fatal accidents on roads in the city, a group of volunteers from the 7X Welfare team has been continuously carrying out awareness drives to sensitise residents for safe rides every weekend.
This campaign is carried out every weekend at various intersections or villages in Noida in association with the traffic police and traffic volunteers, in which the nuances of traffic rules are explained to the pedestrians and riders on the road.
On the other hand, the errors or deficiencies seen at the crossroads are informed to the concerned department through newspapers and social media. By working on it, the solution is found at lower levels such as painting the line of a zebra crossing, correcting traffic lights, trimming of trees, installing slogan boards, barricading for left free turn etc, all observed by the volunteers of 7x team. In the campaign, Raghavendra Singh, popularly known as Helmet Man, also told the people about ISI helmets and gave helmets to some people who were wearing plastic helmets.
“In India, where 17 deaths occur every hour only due to road accidents, in such a situation, getting timely treatment is very important. In such a situation, this campaign is getting a boost due to the association of Felix Hospital, Noida. The hospital will provide free ambulance, free first aid, discount in treatment to volunteers and preference cards in case of any accident,” said Brajesh, a volunteer of the 7x welfare team.
He also added, “With the alliance of the hospitals, along with awareness about traffic rules, people will also be made aware about first aid and safety helplines. Many times, not getting treatment at the right time also becomes the cause of death. In such a situation, with the coming forward of Felix Hospital, such a traffic campaign is also getting a new direction.”
Nisha Rai, Secretary of Noida Federation of Apartment Owners Associations (NOFAA) who also volunteered in this campaign said, “In the awareness of following traffic rules, it is often seen that Noida residents do not understand the importance of zebra crossings. Whenever there is a red light, stop the car in front of it and do not take off the helmet belt. Noida Traffic Police should put up traffic rules posters everywhere, awareness will prevent the accidents.”
Dr D K Gupta, Chairman, Felix Hospital, Noida, said, “More than 1.5 lakh people were killed in 4.8 lakh road accidents across India in 2019, an average of 414 a day or 17 an hour. India continues to have the most road fatalities in the world, followed by China. Speeding is the leading cause of deaths, while, in terms of vehicles, two-wheelers were involved in most road traffic accidents. These deaths can be prevented if we all follow traffic rules. Lane driving is one of the most important traffic rules we should follow to avoid accidents. There is a huge need for awareness creation for obeying traffic rules.”