Jamshedpur: Jamshedpur Police on Monday stressed upon the importance of saving the lives of those injured in accidents and promised to ensure that the ‘Good Samaritans’ who extend help within the ‘Golden Hour’ will be protected.
During a seminar organised as a part of the Road Safety Awareness Week at Tagore Academy campus, the senior police officials spoke about the law introduced by the government and the protection it gave to the Good Samaritans who come forward to provide emergency treatment to the accident victims.
In an effort to reinforce the importance of safety amongst the citizens of Jamshedpur, the district administration embarked on Road Safety Week ( January 18 to February 17).
Addressing the seminar, SSP M Tamil Vanan said that the Government rules provide for the Rights of Good Samaritan which include that no police officer or any other person shall compel a Good Samaritan to disclose his/her name, identity, address or any such other personal details.
The administration has adopted a Good Samaritan policy, under which the administration will provide a certificate of appreciation to any person extending immediate help in shifting a road accident victim to hospital.
The scheme aims to encourage people to shift road accident victims immediately to hospital, so that lives can be saved. Litigation and police questioning often instill fear among people from coming to the aid of the distressed accident victims, said an official.
DC Suraj Kumat lauded the efforts to organise a seminar and said that steps like these would help to educate students. He expressed confidence that the campaign would bore fruitful results.
“The programme is aimed to spread awareness and promote the importance and criticality of safety in all walks of life. Safety is an aspect which plays a key role in everybody’s day to day life,” noted Kumar.
The objective of the campaign is to make students and citizens aware of the significance of road safety and highlighting the importance of safety in schools.
Kumar noted: “It is essential to engage the children at an emotional level on the consequences of an accident- its impact on their own lives and the lives of people around them. We thought to start the week with a seminar for youths as safety concerns not only schools but colleges and the whole society,” .
The official said that unless children empathise with people affected by a mishap, they will never understand what a family undergoes when it loses a member. Children must be taken to meet the grief-stricken families. They will then understand that when they indulge in rash driving and flouting traffic rules, they are laying themselves open to danger and their families to lifelong trauma.