Does it not bother you that Chennai is the ‘accident capital‘ of India? And according to some reports, we have the second highest number of road accidents in the WORLD, after the Brazilian city of Fortaleza! In the year 2015 alone, official records indicate that over 850 people died in traffic accidents. This is likely to be lower than the real figure, since several instances are not reported to the police, and also does not include instances where the person was injured and succumbed to it subsequently.
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The list of disturbing statistics is almost endless. Over 40% of the casualties are pedestrians and riders of two-wheelers. over 50% of the deaths are in the age group of 15 to 29. What a tragic waste of life! Equally, research has found that bad driving and driving under the influence of alcohol cause the majority of accidents, not bad roads or bad weather.
And to think that all this can easily be prevented, if we all come together and resolve to make our roads safer. Here is a call to action from Thozhan, a social welfare organisation working in the area of road safety awareness in Chennai. Join hundreds of volunteers who plan to carry placards, distribute pamphlets and paste doom light stickers (to educate about low beam lights) at over 100 signals across the city, on Sunday Aug 7, 2016, between 4 and 7 pm ! They will also enact MIME and street plays in front of the vehicles when the signal is on red. To highlight the dangers graphically, there will be volunteers dressed as Yama, the God of Death, helping the awareness campaign
Register as a volunteer or as a group below: