Road safety is a growing concern both due to increasing number of vehicles and pedestrians who are involved in road accidents. Increasing population and vehicle density on road require more safety measures. Road safety awareness and education along with enforcing road safety regulations will go a long way in ensuring that people reach their destinations safe. Controlling vehicle speed can prevent crashes happening and can reduce the impact when they do occur, lessening the severity of injuries sustained by the victims.
- Someone dies in a Road crash every 30 seconds
- A child dies in a road crash every 3 minutes
- 3000 people, and 500 children, are killed every day on the world’s roads; we know that many of these deaths are preventable.
- An estimated 1.2 million people die globally in road accidents every year and more than 50 million people are injured
- Studies indicate that these figures could increase by about 65% over the next 20 years
- Road Accidents are ranked as the 11th leading cause of death and account for 2.1% of all deaths globally
- Road traffic injuries are predicted to become the third largest contributor to the global burden of disease by 2020
- Every year, road traffic crashes cost: US $ 518 billion globally
- Setting, raising awareness of and enforcing laws governing speed limits, alcohol impairment, use of seat belts, child restraints and crash helmets.
- Innovative policies for traffic management and travel demand
- Legislation and law enforcement to ensure that a minimum safety standard for design of front ends of motor vehicles to make them less hazardous.
- Mass awareness and ‘Road Safety’ campaigns for the public
- Complementary measure to reduce traffic congestion
- Pedestrian pathways
- Protected cycle lanes
- Signaled zebra crossings
- Broader and well lit roads
- Installation of sign boards and pavement markings
- Installation of correct and coordinated traffic lights
- Efficient licensing procedures for granting driving license
2004 – HRIDAY launches a Student Charter on Road Safety