After a successful launch, ‘United Spirits-NDTV Road to Safety’, a Diageo initiative returns in its second year to address one of the biggest concerns for the Indian government and society today –the appalling state of road safety in our country. Last year, to make India’s roads safer, a 7-point road safety agenda was presented to the government. The agenda covered a lot of aspects ranging from the laws that need amendment to the traffic police force that needs training.
This year too, the campaign attempts to address this issue by encouraging citizens to take a pledge to Never Drink and Drive. As a part of this initiative, in conjunction with the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways a special talk show was hosted with the Honorable Minister of Road Transport and Highways Shri Nitin Gadkari at the Gateway of India, Mumbai.
Union Minster for Road Transport & Highways, Nitin Gadkari stressed on the importance of making airbags mandatory in every type of car. It is the primary duty of the government to establish measures to protect the life of people irrespective of caste or creed. He further highlighted the significance of having a scientific process of issuing licenses. 30% of driving licenses are bogus. He promised to open 3000 centers in the country for driving and fitness measurement in order to procure those licenses He also requested people to identify accident prone areas on highways and report them on the government website. There are a total of 726 accident and black spots in the country. The government is investing 11,000 crores to improve the condition of these spots and working in the right direction to make Indian roads safer.
In its second season, United Spirits-NDTV Road to Safety, a Diageo Initiative, a social campaign attempts to make our roads safer and reduce the number of ‘preventable accidents’ by encouraging citizens to demonstrate more responsible behavior behind the wheel. While lack of awareness, bad road designs, poor maintenance of roads is definitely a part of the problem, a majority of the accidents are a result of drunken driving too.
This year, the event was attended by some of the country’s leading experts, policy makers, and NGO’s to highlight local issues, agendas and recommendations for the road ahead.
Speaking about this landmark initiative, Abanti Sankaranarayanan, Business Head – Luxury Vertical and Corporate Relations, United Spirits Ltd., said “The United Spirits-Diageo ‘Road to Safety’ initiative aims to create the necessary impact to address the abysmal state of road safety in our country. In collaboration with local and national partners – the government, civil society, individuals, families, and the industry; we aim to take Phase-II of the programme to greater heights by encouraging more people to drink responsibly and put safety first.”