President inaugurates Road Safety Institute in Islamabad
ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari Tuesday inaugurated Road Safety Institute Islamabad, the first ever road safety institute of the country, here at Aiwan-e-Sadr. Established by National Highways and Motorways Police, the Institute would impart traffic education and sensitize the drivers about the traffic laws, the driving hazards and the precautionary measures that need to be taken while driving.
Addressing the gathering after the inauguration of the Institute, President complimented the federal Minister for Communications over this singular achievement and also appreciated the efforts of officers of the National Highways and Motorways Police for their commitment and dedication to build such an important national institution, adding that it demonstrated their professionalism, commitment and dedication.
He said that the building of the first ever Road Safety Institute in Pakistan was a welcome initiative and it would help in creating awareness to make our roads safer and improve the travel and driving standards in the country.
The president commended National Highways and Motorways Police for their great efforts to improve traffic and safety standards. He said that NH & MP had earned the confidence of the people for their professionalism, service and introducing a new culture in traffic policing.
He expressed the hope that they would keep up their professionalism and bring greater glory to themselves and the country. He said that roads play a very important role in the socio-economic development. At the same time, he said, the ever increasing networks of roads and traffic also pose great challenges to the safety of travelling public. “It also poses great challenge to the environment,” he added. He said that the challenge was greater in developing countries like Pakistan where traffic literacy is low and road safety education almost nonexistent. “There is an urgent need for educating and equipping the people in road safety measures,” he emphasized.
The president while expressing satisfaction over the establishment of similar institutes in other parts of the country also expressed the hope that nationwide network of Road Safety Institutes by the National Highways and Motorways Police would greatly benefit the community. He during his address paid great homage to the brave jawans, officers and personnel of the police who despite all kinds of difficulties continue making efforts for the safety of the people and never hesitate offering any kind of sacrifice in the line of their duty.
Calling upon the National Highways and Motorways Police to continue their strides in serving the people and making the roads safer to travel, the president wished all associated with the establishment of the Institute every success in future.