WHO Reports Indian Road Fatalities To Increase

by Harish Kumar | 08/12/2018
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According to the recent report of the WHO Global status, the overall number of road traffic deaths has increased sharply from 1,50,785 in 2016 to 2,99,091 until now.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has highlighted that the road traffic injuries are the major killers of young people and children at the age of 5 to 29 on the global scale. The average fatality number stands at 1.35 million. The road safety documents also revealed that despite the increase in the total fatality number, the global death rate has displayed the stability in the recent years that proved the effectiveness of the existing road safety policies and efforts in some middle and developed countries to some extent.

Indian roads

The total road death numbers are estimated at 2,99,091 over the last two years

India’s situation

About 1,50,785 road deaths cases in India was calculated in 2016, the figures have been doubled to 2,99,091 people estimated by WHO that is equal to the rate of 22.6 lives lost per 1,00,000 people.

The increasing advancement of the Indian automotive industry might be the sole cause. However, the Government has now paid more attention to raising traffic safety through enormous efforts and various policies. The ‘Safer Cars for India’ project originated from the Global NCAP is somehow raising consumers’ awareness about the safety features when buying a vehicle. The increasing demands for the sense of safety will lead the higher concern and development from the automobile manufacturers.

The report points out that there are a number of new cars in the country which have not only adhered to the new standards but achieved good results in the Global NCAP crash tests- a positive signals for the future prospect. The upcoming challenge for our country is to promote the use of electronic stability control which is hardly fitted in more than 90% of new vehicles in India.

In reality, the Tata Nexon which has already scored 5-star rating in the Global NCAP safety tests is the first car from any Indian auto manufacturers to achieved maximum points from the global safety watchdog. It’s another good news.

To make the road a safe place

Dr Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO has noted that

“We need to create cities and transport systems that reduce reliance on cars. We must apply the lessons we have learned about safe road design. With the right leadership and investment, countries can build in the safeguards and best practices to save lives. Experience shows that sustainable road safety must be planned and requires long-term investment and appropriate management capacity for effective delivery. International organisations, donors, public and the private sectors need to work together to make things happen.”

As learning from the settings where achievements have been made, the better legislation on main aspects of while-driving drinking prohibition, speed limit, seat-belts and helmets using, child restraints and vehicle standards improving could be the large attribution. Besides, enhancing the infrastructure and raising the people’s awareness are also the keys for a future of safety.

It is the long-term and sustainable progress to reach. It is actually hard to keep up with the rapidly rising population and motorization of transport; however, it is not impossible to meet if comprehensive and drastic actions are released.

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