MANGALURU: A Mangalurean, along with his friend, will embark on a two month on All India round road trip from Thursday, covering approximately 16,500 kms to author a comprehensive for safer commuting for the benefit of titled “An Insight Into Road Traffic Accidents On Indian Motorways.”
Praveenchandra Shetty, who will embark on this tour along with his friend, is a motor insurance surveyor and loss assessor. He says in a fast developing country like India, road safety is more about highway engineering and vehicle architecture than mere over-speeding and drunken driving. “That‘s what I have realized after studying the issues over three decade period,’’ says Shetty.

His special vehicle – a Ford Ecosport – was flagged off by the Police Commissioner T R Suresh on Wednesday. “Youth is our national wealth. Let us save them from untimely road traffic accident disasters for no fault of theirs,’’ notes Shetty.

Shetty in his 35 years of experience of dealing with 12,383 cases of road traffic accidents has analysed each one of them scientifically, “I have arrived at above conclusion that road safety is more about highway engineering and vehicle architecture,’’ he asserted. The tour is to document his findings through this motoring on outer peripheral highways and connecting motorways.

Praveenchandra (in the blue jacket with gold rimmed spectacles) and Kishan Shetty (striped shirt) with cops.

Shetty will be accompanied by his friend Kishan Shetty, a coffee estate owner from Kalasa, on this arduous tour. The team will cover Goa, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Punjab, Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Meghalaya, Sikkim, West Bengal, Odisha, Pondicherry, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and back to Mangaluru. The cost about Rs 5 lakh will be borne by the duo themselves with them failing to find sponsors. Shetty started planning this trip last August.

The rear seat of the vehicle has been converted into a sleeping space as the duo would use the vehicle to rest at night, all 60 days. They would drive 12 hours a day with each driver driving for three hours consecutively.
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