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URC FORUMS PRESS RELEASE
1- Call for Rehabilitation of Displaced Communities
2- Call for Rehabilitation of Displaced Communities
3- Mass transit plan: ‘Finish line close for the Karachi yellow line’(Mass Transit Forum April 2014)
4- Mass transit system vital to improve traffic, lower casualties(Road Accident Forum 20 March 2014)
5- Around 35,000 road deaths in 2013 mirror poor adherence to rules(Road Accident Forum 20 March 2014)
6- Researchers say Karachi’s tap water isn’t adequately filtered(HANDS Forum)
7- Govt policies are biased against poor people, says town planner Arif Hasan
8- City planning betrays ‘anti-poor bias’, says architect
9- Education scene; Students turn to seminaries for free meal and boarding
10- Powered by nature: Experts discuss feasibility of solar energy for shops
11- Road accidents claimed 1,100 lives last year in Karachi
12- LB system issue can be solved with consensus
13- Karachi cannot swallow Sindh, it must learn to share, says expert
14- Mass Transit: Options, Alternatives
15- Who has bigger problems? KWSB, residents get together to discuss each other's issues
16- No place to stay: 'Home ownership a pipe dream for the urban poor'
17- Govt urged to develop cities like Karachi
18- Rehabilitation only possible on Taluka level, says Arif Hassan
19- Local bureaucracy identified as key to flood relief
20- Local technology needs to be used in resettling IDPs
21- URC hosted a seminar on environmental pollution. PHOTO
22- Environment protection practices in city in shambles’
23- Joint efforts stressed to protect environment
24- Community integration must for Lyari uplift
25- Spare of thought for the street children
26- More than half of bottled water brands unfit for use
27- It's not safe water unless it's expensive
28- LG system ruining democracy: Ghani
29- LG system likely to be wrapped up by 16th
30- Traffic police launch drive against over-speeding
31- Helmet use can prevent 50 pc of accidents
32- Flaws in mega projects’ planning highlighted

Helmet use can prevent 50 pc of accidents

Use of helmets can prevent 45 to 50 percent of road accidents, according to Dr Rashid Juma, eminent neurosurgeon and executive director, Jinnah Post-Graduate Medical Centre (JPMC).

Delivering a lecture on Friday under the auspices of Urban Resource Centre (URC), a non-governmental organisation, he said as many as 850 people died in road accidents in Karachi in 2007 and about 500 of them were motorcyclists.

He said nowhere in the world were motorcyclists allowed to drive without helmets and the law in Pakistan too bound motorcyclists to wear helmets but unfortunately it was not implemented.

He said many accidents in Karachi occurred because of faulty construction of bridges and flyovers. He said the cause analyses of these accidents indicated that 84.30 per cent of them occurred due to the faults of road users, 13.34 per cent due to environmental factors, and 2.30 due to vehicular faults. He said the proportion of accidents had also increased in the city because angular faults flyovers.

“Instead of giving out contracts for the construction of bridges and flyovers, they should be constructed by qualified civil engineers,” he remarked.

He said besides several “black spots” in the city where accidents took place, there were as many as 921 accidents on National Highway between September 2006 and July 2007. These claimed 52 lives, he added.

Many of the accidents took place due to encroachments, deteriorated condition of road shoulders, illegal parking, unloading activity, and absence of pavement parking and guide signs.

He said pedestrians were the second most vulnerable group and statistics showed that 22 per cent injuries and 38 deaths were within this group. The most vulnerable were pedestrians under 16 (12.80 percent) or over 51 (6.70 per cent), he added.

He said critical issues were failure to wear helmets, overspeeding, lack of pedestrian facilities, failure to halt buses at designated bus stops, lack of safety measures in areas where construction was going on, and poor visibility.

He said many accidents occurred on Korangi Road due to water dripping from the water tankers and trucks carrying fishmeal. He said police should ensure that only those tankers and trucks were allowed to ply the roads that had secured valves.

Buses and heavy vehicles, he said, should be driven only by well-trained drivers and buses should halt at designated bus stops only.

Dr Juma’s recommendations included making helmet use mandatory, improved motorbike riding skills, rigorous enforcement of rules and regulations, and implementation of a mass transit system in the city.

He said motorway police should be deployed on all highways.

He said most of the accidents on Korangi Road occurred due to the absence of street lights, sand loading activity, absence of medians, and poor condition of road shoulders.

He said surveys showed that many accidents took place on account of buses plying on two routes and whenever they were issued warnings, the number of accidents fell.

He said at Lyari Railway Station and the TCF School, a lack of fencing was the main cause of accidents.

He said road safety audits were being made in collaboration with City District Government, Karachi (CDGK) but unfortunately the latter did not have the required staff strength.
(The NEWS, 09/02/2008)