Bidar: With the objective of curbing road accidents and raising awareness about road safety, a collaborative effort with local organizations led to the organization of a road safety marathon,” emphasized Channabasavanna S.L., Superintendent of Police for Bidar District. This initiative aimed to tackle the alarming number of road accident fatalities in the district, which recorded 332 deaths last year and 210 deaths this year.
The primary causes of these accidents were identified as not wearing helmets and seat belts while driving. To address this issue, the road safety run was conducted, encouraging participants to not only follow road safety rules themselves but also encourage their family members to do the same.
Over 6,000 participants, including the public, various organizations, government officials, department staff, and students, took part in the event. The run covered a distance of 2.5 km, with options for 5 km and 10 km routes. It started and ended at the historic Bidar Fort, winding through the streets of Bidar city.
Winners in the men’s categories for the 10 km run were Bhimashankar (first), Sadananda Metare (second), and Ramesh (third). In the 5 km men’s category, Mallikarjun Pundalik secured first place, Mahesh Bhimu Rathod came second, and Dattu Parashuram finished third. Among women, Anjali claimed the top spot in the 10 km category, while Aishwarya won the 5 km category, with Pooja Jadhav taking second place and Shruti Chidre securing third.
Prominent figures present at the event included Deputy Commissioner Govinda Reddy, Bidar Deputy Conservator of Forests Vanathi M M, Additional Superintendent of Police Mahesh Meghannavara, Bidar Deputy Superintendent of Police K M Satheesh, Gurunath Kollur, Abdul Qadir, heads and members of various associations and organisations of Bidar, public, officials of various departments, students of various schools and colleges and others were present.