The highway police has launched a mobile application to help travellers involved in accidents to get aid quickly.
In case of an accident, the person has to just click on the ‘tap for emergencies’ button in the Android-based app, which will send a text message to the highway police control room and the person’s family.
The text message will provide details of the location of the accident through the global positioning system (GPS), which could be as close at three feet to the spot.
The app, called SwaRaksha, is available for download free of cost, Vijay Kamble, additional director general (highway traffic), announced at a programme to mark Road Safety Week in Nerul on Monday.
“We will use the application for a period of three months on a trial basis,” said Kamble. What the person intending to use this facility has to do is to feed in information like his name, emergency contact numbers of his family and blood group.
“After receiving the message, the highway control room will call back the motorist and confirm the help required. We will reach the place within an hour,” Kamble added. A first-aid guide is also available on the app.
In the context of unpredictable internet speeds, the developer has made a provision for transmission of information about the location of the cellular tower nearest to the accident spot, to the highway police.
Navi Mumbai mayor Sagar Naik, who participated in the function, said, “The safety of motorists depends on them as they control the speed of the vehicle.”
Students from 21 schools prepared exhibits on road safety and a cultural show. “We have tried to display the consequence of accidents and how a little effort can prevent accidents,” said a student
App is free for all to download
The app, called SwaRaksha, is available for download free of cost, Vijay Kamble, additional director general (highway traffic), announced at a programme to mark Road Safety Week in Nerul on Monday. Navi Mumbai mayor Sagar Naik said, “Tthe safety of motorists depends on them as they control the speed of the vehicle.”