Hyderabad, January 12 : The second phase of AutoLife, a social responsibility initiative, was launched here on Saturday by India First Life Insurance, a joint venture between two public sector banks – Banks of Baroda and Andhra Bank.
Making the announcement, India First Managing Director Dr P Nandagopal said that AutoLife was an exclusive club of like-minded people who aim to make chaotic roads safer through responsible driving. “AutoLife for us is not just a philosophy; it’s a way of life. It’s not only about being enthusiastic about your automobiles, but also about safe driving. It is about respecting human life,” he said.
As per the National Crime Records Bureau, 2011, accidents have been showing a rising graph with 2.2 per cent more deaths reported in 2011 than in 2010. Worryingly, the World Health Organisation predicts that road accidents will become India’s third biggest killer by 2020.
Speaking on the occasion Federation of Automobile Associations (FADA) President Mohan Himatsingka revealed that at least three people were getting killed on India roads in every minute. He said last year about 1.57 lakh people were killed and 17.7 lakh were injured in different road accidents. Further, about 5.65 lakh people have become physically disabled due to accidents. He stressed the need to create awareness among the people for safe driving.
Addressing the gathering, Joint Commissioner Transport Venkateshwarulu, FADA AP Chapter president PT Chowdhary and others also spoke.