KAMALIA-The main reason behind the rising number of traffic accidents in Pakistan is the public unawareness of traffic rules.

This was crux of speeches made at a seminar titled "Road Safety" held on Rajana Road under the auspices of education unit of the traffic police and a local campus of Punjab College here the other day. The seminar was presided over by Punjab College Cluster Head Prof Riffat Iqbal while Toba DPO Usman Akram Gondal was the chief guest.

DSP Traffic Rehman Qadir Khan, Inspector Motorway Police Rana Irfan Ahmed, Punjab Colleges Director Hateem Riffat and a large number of people belonging to all walks of life attended the seminar.

Addressing the seminar, DSP Traffic Rehman Qadir and Inspector Rana Irfan Ahmed said that as responsible a citizen, everyone should obtain complete information about traffic laws and abide by the traffic principles while on road. "Traffic rules awareness is essential for every citizen as amateur drivers put not only others' but also their lives in danger," they pointed out. Accidents can be avoided by following traffic rules, they maintained. On the occasion, instructors gave detailed briefing about various traffic rules through multimedia projector and explained various traffic rules with examples.

DPO Usman Akram Gondal said in his address that the youth should be taught about traffic rules and road safety from the beginning so that they could avoid traffic accidents. "Today, it is imperative that the school and college students be taught about safety measures on road to save their as well as others' lives," he stressed. On the occasion, students presented various skits on traffic rules. Later, safety helmets were distributed to prominent and bright students.

ACTION AGAINST UNFIT VEHICLES

Meanwhile, Kamalia Assistant Commissioner Hafiz Najeeb launched a crackdown on unfit vehicles, carrying substandard gas cylinders on Kamalia-Chichawatni Bypass. He was accompanied by the motor vehicle examiner and Kamalia Traffic In-charge Farooq-e-Azam. During the operation, eight vehicles were impounded and handed over to Saddr and City police stations. Other vehicles' drivers were imposed a collective fine of seventeen thousand rupees.