The NSS unit of the Marri Laxman Reddy Institute of Technology (MLRIT), in association with the NGO TRAX and ICICI Lombard General Insurance, has launched a collection of helmets in various public schools and distributed free helmets to students and their parents.
This was part of road safety awareness through the ‘Ride to Safety’ campaign launched by MLRIT among the student community. Launching the scheme, MLRIT Secretary Rajashekhar Reddy said he had distributed 2,556 helmets free of charge to students and their parents at different government institutions located in West Marredpally, Mudford, Tirumalagiri, Picket and Secunderabad.
He said the collection of helmets was conducted in public schools because most students and their parents cannot afford to buy them, nor are they fully aware of road safety measures. In Telangana, he said, road accidents in 2021 under Cyberabad police station increased by 18% compared to 2020.
In 2021, a total of 19,248 road accident cases were recorded and 6,690 deaths were reported, he said, adding that law enforcement authorities found that among the dead, 82 percent were not wearing helmets.
Mr Reddy, who is also the TRS officer for the Malkajgiri parliamentary constituency, said he took the initiative after one of his drivers was seriously injured in an accident because he was not wearing a helmet. Young people, he said, engage in reckless driving and wearing a helmet will reduce injuries in the event of an accident.