Road Safety

Road Safety

India has the second largest road network in the world with over 3 million km of roads of which 60% are paved. These roads make a vital contribution to the India's economy. On the whole, the facilities for the road users are not up to the mark, leading to a high toll of the death victims. Recently, there is a growing concern over the road crash problem..

With the advancement of technology, the most developed projects undertaken along with the real estate are the massive road building projects. But while new roads are being built, faster and faster automobiles are being invented in high numbers making road safety a crucial question.

Road safety is emerging as a major social concern in the country. The statistics are mind boggling with an average mortality rate of 150,000 persons dying in road accidents. Approximately half of all deaths on the country's roads are among vulnerable road users - motorcyclists, pedestrians and cyclists. A heterogeneous traffic mix that includes high-speed vehicles sharing the road space with vulnerable road users as well as unsafe road infrastructure and vehicles that are in poor condition all contribute to the high fatality rates seen on India’s roads.

Let's peek into some India related 5 facts:

1. 85% of all road accident deaths occur in developing countries and nearly half in the Asia-Pacific region.

2. India accounts for about 10 percent of road accident fatalities worldwide.

3. An estimated 1,275,000 persons are grievously injured on the road every year.

4. Social cost of annual accidents in India has been estimated at $ 11,000.

5. Professionalism in driver training is absent, proportion of untrained drivers is continually on the rise and a positive driving culture is lacking. Enhancing road safety is such a complex task that we all should shoulder the responsibility to achieve success in this area.

5 Facts on global road safety:

1. About 1.3 million people die each year on the world's roads and between 20 and 50 million sustain non-fatal injuries. .

2. Road traffic crashes are a major cause of death among all age groups and the leading cause of death among those aged 15–29 years.

3. As many as 50 million people are injured or disabled by road traffic crashes every year

4. Half of all crash victims are vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcyclists.

5. Road traffic crashes cost countries up to 4% of their Gross National Product..