Asia Book of Records and India Book of Records have recognised this effort of people of Raipur as record of maximum number of people signing a pledge on road safety
More than 1 lakh persons of Raipur took road safety as their New Year Resolution on 1st January 2022 by signing Sadak Suraksha Samkalp patra
Death in any road accident or permanent disability of any person in an accident is very tragic for the family. Approx 1.5 lakh persons die in road accidents every year in India. In Raipur district alone, approx 450 persons die every year. Main reasons behind these deaths is driving rashly, not putting seatbelts and not wearing helmets. Some persons drive even after consuming alcohol and put themselves and others lives at risk. Many can be seen driving while using cellphone. Following basic road safety rules can reduce accidental deaths. Other than this, a need was felt to improve traffic sense of people in urban area. Some could be seen driving on wrong side, block free left turn or park their vehicle on roads causing inconvenience to other road users.
To sensitize people with regard to road safety and traffic rules, Raipur Police with the help of active volunteers, had launched a one week awareness campaign named ‘Suno Raipur’.
In this campaign, several children had come forward to support Raipur Police by giving messages to their elders to follow safety rules. Specially abled children of Divyang Mahavidyalaya Mana had also given a very sensible and emotive video message to support the campaign.
Suno Raipur was launched by SSP Raipur Prashant Agrawal on 26th December evening with an awareness program at Magneto Mall Raipur. SSP appealed to the citizens of Raipur to follow road safety rules while driving and not to put lives of self and others at risk by driving rashly or negligently or bypassing basic safety rules. SSP requested people to think about their family and friends while attempting any kind of bike stunts or speed driving. While driving, one should also care about convenience of others. There should be no requirement of keeping a traffic policeman at crossroads just to make sure people follow traffic signals. SSP also appealed to people to take road traffic safety as their new year resolution for the year 2022.
During the week long campaign of Suno Raipur, teams of Raipur Police and 300 active volunteers sensitized people regarding traffic rules at various public places, market areas, main chowks, schools, educational institutes and commercial areas. Pamphlets with interesting and educational messages, placards, handouts, video screens were also used. Social media platforms of Raipur Police were also extensively used to create awareness among people during this awareness drive.
On the last day of Suno Raipur campaign, i.e. on 1st January, people were requested to take road safety as their New Year Resolution for the year 2022 by signing a ‘sadak suraksha samkalp’ patra provided by Raipur Police. 1,02,468 persons of Raipur took this resolution. Asia Book of Records and India Book of Records have recognised this effort of people of Raipur as a new record of maximum number of people signing a pledge on road safety in a day.
This campaign was led by SSP Raipur Prashant Agrawal, AdSP Traffic M R Mandavi and DSP Traffic Satish Thakur. Campaign was supported by volunteers from several NGOs and associations like Raipur Auto Dealers Association, Young Indians, Surakshit Bhav Foundation, Sikh Care India, Abhaas Foundation, Awaaz Foundation, Sparsh Ek Koshish, Helping Hand Foundation, Maruti Suzuki Driving School, Pranjal Seva Samiti, Kopal Vani, Mission Sambhav, Vakta Manch and Saubhagya Foundation.