LAHORE - The National Highway and Motorway Police have launched a campaign to train drivers against dozing during driving.

A spokesman for the national highway and motorway police said they imparted training dozing at the wheel to the drivers of 16783 public service vehicles, 20186 heavy transport vehicles, and 11744 light transport vehicles during its awareness campaign. More than 30 “wake-up-points” were established at prominent places of N-5 central zone to control the accidents due to dozing at wheel. 

On the directives of DIG Mirza Faran Baig, the motorway police are observing two weeks “Dozing at the Wheel” campaign in which officer will brief motorists especially drivers of HTVs and PSVs to take proper rest during long journey and in case they feel drowsy, they should stay somewhere and have a cup of tea.

The officers have also been directed to ensure the use of hooter and horn whenever any HTV vehicle or passenger bus passes them especially in the late hours of night. The officers have further been asked to visit different hotels and rest areas on the national highway to brief and educate the drivers about the phenomenon of ‘dozing at the wheel’. In order to make this campaign more successful and meaningful, Mobile Education Unit of Central Zone will also visit different Goods Transport and Passenger Bus terminals from Lahore to Rahim Yar Khan in order to brief and educate drivers about the hazards of driving while drowsy. 

Banners containing awareness messages will also be displayed at all the important places on national highways. The DIG has asked the patrolling officers of to take personal interest in the campaign in order to make it meaningful and result oriented.

Dozing at the wheel was the cause behind three of the 42 road mishaps reported on the national highway (N-5 Central) this year so far.