LAHORE  - Speakers at a seminar yesterday called for effective planning and implementation of traffic rules to curtail fatal road accidents.

While addressing seminar “traffic discipline and safety” arranged by the national highways and motorway police at a local hotel, they said that at least 13,000 people die in road accidents annually in the country. The seminar was attended by a large number of students, transporters, industrialists, and representatives of different NGOs.

Punjab Governor Malik Muhammad Rafique Rajwana was the chief guest while IG motorways police Muhammad Saleem Bhatti, Speaker Punjab Assembly Rana Muhammad Iqbal, DIG Mirza Faran Baig, SSP Masroor Alam Kalachi, and Advisor for Health Punjab Khawaja Salman Rafiq were also present on this occasion besides others.

While addressing the participants, Rafique Rajwana said, “We are unaware of road sense as a nation and far away from culture or safe and defensive driving.” The Punjab Governor said that by adopting admirable standards of professional excellence, public service policies, and equal implementation of law, the motorway police have brought a visible change in traffic discipline on national highways.

He said that the motorway police, established 18 year ago ago, is role model for 68 years old other departments of this country. He emphasised that licenses of those involved in sever violation should be suspended.

IG Motorway Police Muhammad Saleem Bhatti said that the motorway police would have to work extraordinarily to maintain high standards of enforcement of traffic laws. He suggested that road safety rules should be made part of the syllabus in schools across the country.