BY OUR CORRESPONDENT
GILGIT: As part of awareness raising campaign against traffic accidents, Gilgit-Baltistan police on Tuesday distributed free of cost helmets among the motorbike riders.
The drive was inaugurated by chief minister Hafeezur Rahman at the central police office where inspector general police captain (retd) Zafar Iqbal Awan was also present.
“This is a step we all appreciate,” chief minister said after the inauguration. “This will help control road accidents which claim lives.”
The CM said his government was planning to raise a special traffic police force in G-B, adding the force would consisted of 200 men. “We will do it with the help from federal government or as a regional government’s project.”
He said parking of cars was yet another issue adding to traffic problems in Gilgit, adding in future construction of markets would be linked with provision of space for car parking.
IGP said the drive was financially assisted KVO, a community organization in Gojal and a couple other organizations. “The sole purpose of this initiative is to raise awareness among masses to use helmets while driving,” IGP told reporters, adding more than 400 helmets would be distributed across G-B during the drive.
In charge traffic police, superintendent police Tahira Yasub said use of helmets would be made mandatory on bike riders and violators would be dealt with accordingly.