Nearly 50 per cent of the lives can be saved by abiding by the rules, said Rishi Raj Singh, Additional Director-General of Police and Transport Commissioner at an interactive session held at the Indian Chamber Hall, Mattancherry, on Sunday.
According to the Commissioner, in terms of the area, the number of deaths due to accidents in Kerala was the maximum in the whole world, as on an average 13 people die every day in the state due to accidents. He laid stress on the need to wear helmets for those riding two-wheelers and seat belts for those driving four-wheelers, as most of the deaths in the accidents are caused by head injuries.
He illustrated the case of fitting speed governors to the heavy vehicles, and pointed out an incident where the owner of a bus thanked him for making it mandatory as they are able to save `500 per day.
After installing the speed governors, the state was able to save nearly `2 crore per day and this could be utilised for other social causes, including solving the issue of drinking water problem, said Singh.
Indian Chamber president A A Abdul Azeez delivered the welcome address while vice-president Rajkumar Gupta gave the vote of thanks.