Samsung Safe India Campaign
CHENNAI, India – January 23, 2018 – Samsung India today announced the next phase of its ‘Safe India’ campaign, continuing its commitment to sensitize people about responsible use of smartphones, especially when taking selfies, on the road.
The second phase of Samsung ‘Safe India’ campaign rolls out in Chennai through messages being aired across radio, public information systems and LED walls as well as films and skits in schools and colleges.
In 2017, Samsung had pledged support to the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways’ drive to reduce road accidents, especially those that happen due to irresponsible usage of smartphones. India today has the highest number of road accidents globally.
Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways Shri Nitin Gadkari and Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Shri Edappadi K Palaniswami have joined the Samsung ‘Safe India’ campaign by not only sharing messages with the public on this important issue but also by involving Chennai Traffic Police to actively participate. A radio message by the ministers on the importance of responsibly using smartphones on the road, including taking selfies on the road will be broadcast across various radio channels.
Samsung will also partner with Chennai Traffic Police to communicate with people on road safety through public information systems such as LED walls, text LED scroll bars and LED public display signage positioned at prominent areas in the city.
Chennai Traffic Police will put-up posters at selected “No Selfie” zones in city.
Shri Edappadi K Palaniswami, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu said, “I am disheartened to know that one life is lost every four minutes due to road accidents in India. Irresponsible usage of mobile phones, including the new trend of taking selfies on the road can put your life in danger. Please use your mobile phones responsibly.”
“Samsung cares for its consumers and the community around it. As a market leader, it is our duty to take the lead and support the Government’s vision of reducing road accidents. We are extremely honoured that the leadership of this country and of the states have extended support to the Samsung ‘Safe India’ initiative, which has gathered pace this year,” said Mr. Deepak Bhardwaj, Vice President, CSR, Samsung India.
In India, one road accident fatality happens every four minutes. Not only does India have the highest number of road accidents globally, according to a report by Carnegie Mellon University, Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi and National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli, the country accounts for over 50% of selfie-related fatalities in the world today. State and local governments across the country are now concerned about the growing number of accidents triggered by people taking selfies while walking on the road, riding two-wheelers or driving cars.
This phase of the Samsung ‘Safe India’ campaign will also reach out to school children and youth in colleges as well. A message on responsible usage of smartphones, including ‘safe selfie’ from the Chief of Chennai Traffic Police will be played at all schools followed by an animation film on responsible usage of smartphones.
Samsung had launched a nationwide campaign film #SafeIndia (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZdP-G-F0a8) last year, which seeks to make people aware about the dangers of taking a selfie while driving. This film has been viewed over 150 million times on YouTube.
A study commissioned by Samsung India revealed that nearly 60% of Indian two-wheeler users admit to ‘instinctively’ answering their smartphones when driving, while 14% of Indian pedestrians admit to taking selfies while crossing the road at least once a week.
The study conducted across 12 cities in India showed that one-in-three car drivers tend to send a text message from behind the wheel if it were ‘important’.
Pedestrians’ attitude to safety is no different from drivers, according to the survey. Of the ped