Status of Road Safety and Safe Mobility Initiative in India
The seminar is part of Road safety week (Jan 11-17, 2015 ) being observed in India and will be inaugurated by Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari. Road safety experts will discussing the status of safe roads and mobility in India to find ways and means to reduce fatal road accidents. The agenda includes road safety management, safer roads and mobility, safer vehicles, safer road users and post-crash response.
About 80% of all road deaths worldwide are estimated in low income countries. India leads world inroad accident deaths with about 1,38,000 people killed each year, accounting for 10% of global road accident deaths. Safer roads and mobility is one of 5 pillars of UN Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020. There’s a need to raise the inherent safety and protective quality of road networks for the benefit of all road users says K.K.Kapila, Chairman, International Road Federation (IRF).
Initiatives for safer mobility to be discussed will include identifying hazardous road locations (sections) that report excessive numbers or severity of crashes so corrective measures can be implemented. Promoting development of safe new infrastructure that meets mobility and access needs based on independent road safety audit findings in design and other phases of new road projects is crucial.
Road safety through vehicle safety design via deployment of improved vehicle safety technologies for both passive and active safety by adhering to relevant global standards, consumer information schemes and incentives to accelerate uptake of new technologies is suggested.
In India road safety capability is just being developed, and loss of human life through traditional road safety interventions, mainly prevention is practiced. As insurance systems compensate for losses incurred, motor and personal injury insurance sector plays a potentially key role in reforming consequences of casualties and crashes not avoided. This also relates to economic interest in reduction of outlays, via a reduced number of casualties and crashes.
Legal initiatives for Road safety, road safety engineering measures, role of education in road safety, vehicle safety and trauma care and road safety an Australian prospective will be discussed.
For Road safety week, NRSO organised a live programme for Bangalore City Traffic Warden Association, and R.Manjunath and team performed skit for 10 minutes. B.Dayananda, IPS Addl.Commissioner of Police (Traffic), Bangalore City and S.Sathyapal, Deputy Chief Traffic Warden, Bangalore city and other Traffic wardens were present. Bangalore City Traffic Wardens comprises of 600 wardens offering voluntary services and assisting Traffic Police since 1985 for Safe Bengaluru.
A Road Safety Programme was conducted during National Road Safety Week 2015 by The International Association of Lions Club- Region Meet of Region -1 on 11th Jan 2014 at API Bhavan, Millers Road, Bangalore City. B.N.S.Reddy, IPS IGP & Addl.Commissioner of Police (Admin), Bangalore City was Chief Guest. S.Sathyapal, President, NRSO addressed the gathering, and were felicitated by Lions International.