India ranks first in the list of countries where road fatalities constitute highest number of deaths. This is due to the fact that traffic infrastructure in India is unfavorable and out of date in many cases. Missing road signs and negligent driving are factors that are responsible for these incidents. Apart from these factors, most drivers injured or dead in such road accidents tend to b in the age group of 15- 29 years old.
These individuals are usually sole breadwinners in their families and their deaths not only affect their families but the overall GDP growth considerably. In order to improve traffic situations in India, the authorities need to work towards providing a stable road infrastructure which includes installation of traffic lights, roadway signs, implementation of traffic rules and safety features. Recently the Pune-Mumbai Expressway was in the news due to high rate of accidents that take place on this stretch of highway. Plans are underway to implement safety features to help guide drivers safely along their route and thereby improve transportation on this route.
Similarly the Yamuna Expressway that connects Mathura and Agra to Noida is a potential death trap as speed gun cameras installed are non functional providing no means of regulating speed on this highway path. Authorities should take into consideration drunken driving, overloaded trucks and negligent driving practices on these highways to help lower rate of accidents and save lives.