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Why in News?

  • Ministry of State for Road Transport and Highways launched the Youth Road Safety Learners Licence programme in New Delhi.

Highlights:

  • The programme is a PPP initiative to be run in collaboration with Diageo India and the Institute of Road Traffic Education (IRTE)
  • Attempts to bring a formal and structured training program for young, first-time drivers as they apply for learner’s license.
  • This programme will help the Government achieve its target of reducing road accidents by 50 percent by 2020.

Reasons for high road accidents:

  • Rash driving, Drunken driving
  • Lack of adequate safety measures like not wearing helmets

Road to Safety initiative:

  • To provide capacity building training to traffic police officials and educate commercial drivers such as truckers and bus drivers and university students on the dangers of drunken driving.
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