It is a fact that we get to see and hear news of road accidents very frequently in our country. Not surprisingly, India accounts for the highest number of deaths caused by road accidents in global indices. Data reveals that annually, almost 1.5 lakh Indians succumb to road accidents while another 3.5 lakh survive the accident with severe fatalities. Union road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari stated that more than 40,000 kms of the highways have been brought under “safety audit” to check further accidents.
India’s Road Accident Statistics Scary
It is reported that India stands at the number one position globally to suffer road accidents annually. From around 415 deaths occurring per day due to road accidents to 1.5 lakh casualties being reported annually, India’s road accident scenario is scary! Not only deaths but other casualties also come out of such road accidents which injure almost 3.5 lakh people in a year.
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Gadkari Shows Concern about Road Accidents
Union minister for road transport and highways, Nitin Gadkari said he is worried about such road accidents in the country. “Unfortunately we stand at position 1 in the road accidents in the world, ahead of the US and China. Being transport minister, I am sensible and serious about the subject”, he said. In another statement, he said that the road accident scenario is even more serious than the ongoing covid-19 pandemic. He said, “Seventy percent deaths are in the working-age group of 18 to 45 years old. There are 415 deaths per day in road accidents in India. I would say this scenario is much more serious than the COVID-19 pandemic and it is becoming an alarming situation for us year on year”.
Road Safety Audit to Save More Lives
Gadkari revealed that the ministry has brought almost 40,000 kms of highways under the road safety audit this year and looking forward to implementing more such measures to control the deficiencies that cause road accidents. “The road safety institutes like IRF along with engineering colleges and IITs can help the government in road safety audits. Each engineering college can be given about 300-500 km of road stretch for road safety audit with some financial aid. Third-party road safety audits will help in finding engineering faults and correcting them”, he concluded.
The Policy Times policy suggestions
- Repairing the roads, maintaining proper signaling by the traffic police, implanting fines for over speeding vehicles, are some more measures that the govt must take for the sake of road safety.
- The implementation of the road safety audit must also be checked by the government as implementing such plans on Indian roads seem to be a tough task.
- Making people aware of wearing helmets, not over speeding vehicles, and following the safety signals is also a necessary campaign that the Govt must look forward to.