GUNTUR: Stating that students should become brand ambassadors of road safety, Deputy Transport Commissioner (DTC) E Meera Prasad has cautioned them against using speeding Sports Utility Vehicles to prevent accidents. He expressed anguish about some of the youngsters resorting to the emotional blackmail of their parents demanding SUVs.

Addressing the road safety week celebrations at Vignan university here on Tuesday, the deputy transport commissioner said that most of the Indian roads are not suitable to operate high-speed vehicles as they were designed for western conditions.

“As educated youth, you should become a symbol for road safety by following all the traffic rules and regulations. You should not try to violate rules for the sake of fun as it might result in freak mishaps and loss of precious lives,” said DTC. He said that youth should also understand the amount of pain and mental trauma of the parents who lost their children in road accidents. He said that the loss of young children would be the biggest tragedy not only for the parents but to the entire society. He asked the students not to get influenced by a few of their friends even if they purchase fancy vehicles. He suggested the youth to set their focus only on their studies and careers and avoid making adventures on the roads.

Meera Prasad said that the government had been making serious efforts to reduce road accidents by organizing series of awareness programmes across the state as they do not want a single life to be lost in the accidents. He, however, said that they would feel pain whenever a fatal road accident takes place. He asked the students to strictly follow the road traffic rules and do not resort to rash driving at any cost. “The percentage of youth losing lives in the road accidents in the country is very high. We should take a pledge to save every life,” said Meera Prasad. Vignan university vice-chancellor Dr. MYS Prasasd, registrar Raghunathan, Motor Vehicle Inspectors Malleswari, Suresh, Lara college principal Dr. K Phanindra Kumar, assistant registrar A Gauri Sankar Rao, and others were present.

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