LAHORE - The Punjab Emergency Service (Rescue 1122) in collaboration with City Traffic Police Lahore, Transport & Road Safety Foundation organised an awareness walk for remembrance of victims for road traffic crashes from Shama Chowk to Rescue 1122 Headquarters on Thursday, says a press release.

The purpose of the event was to raise awareness about increasing number of road traffic crashes and community participation for prevention of these emergencies.

The awareness walk comprising schoolchildren, teachers, traffic wardens and rescuers started from Shama Chowk, Ferozepur Road, and culminated at Rescue 1122 Headquarters.

DG Rescue Punjab Brig Dr Arshad Zia led the walk, which was participated by President Transport & Road Safety Foundation K Z Khushali, Community Safety Wing of Rescue 1122,and traffic wardens from City Traffic Police, Lahore, school children and members of civil society.

The walk aimed to remember the many millions killed or injured in road crashes and their families and communities, as well as to pay tribute to the dedicated emergency services, police and medical professionals who daily deal with the traumatic aftermath of road death and injury.

Brig (r) Dr Arshad Zia presented the statistics of road traffic crashes in Punjab. According to the data, all District Emergency Services have rescued the victims of some 119, 2261 road traffic crashes in Punjab so far.

“Some 3, 287 people die every day globally during road traffic crashes, while 50 people are injured annually,” he said, adding these accidents are the 9th leading cause of death. He said that Rescue 1122 is responding to average 500 road traffic accidents on daily basis, involving average 700 victims out of which 400-500 victims are seriously injured, whereas over 200-300 victims are minor injured.

Brig (r) Dr Arshad Zia said that unless proper action is taken for significant reduction of these accidents, road traffic injuries are predicted to become the 5th leading cause of death by 2030.

He said that data shows 67% injuries are due to traffic crashes; bikes are involved in 82% traffic crashes whereas 82% traffic crashes victims are aging between one to 40 years. He further stressed upon the teachers to educate students to use helmet while driving motorbikes and always ensure life safety arrangement and abide by traffic laws.