“Road safety isn’t just a slogan; it’s a way of life”- Rishiraj Singh!
When Rishiraj Singh, IPS, took over as Kerala’s Transport
Commissioner in 2013, the average number of deaths in accidents was as
many as 13 a day and the number of the injured was 135 a day.
The state’s roads were virtually turning into killing fields. Negligence
by drivers and the pathetic condition of roads were all playing their
part in turning the state into a motorist’s nightmare.
Within months, things started changing, and the number of accidents
came down drastically, thanks to the sheer grit and commitment this
1985 batch IPS officer showed in implementing traffic rules. Wearing
seat belts and helmets has become a way of life, while drunk driving and
speeding have started coming down significantly. Rishiraj Singh also
successfully led a series of sting operations to root out corruption
among the traffic constabulary.
(Subscribe and read the full part of this Interview in the January Issue of Safety Messenger Magazine 2015)