Reduction of road traffic accidents and fatalities
Dr. Pramila Sanjaya, Fleet Forum Country Director India, speaks about road safety and the reduction of road traffic accidents and fatalities at the “Conference on Road Safety- “Safer Journey for all” in New Delhi, India on June the 27th.
The term road traffic safety is an indication of how safe individual users are on some particular road, or on the roads belonging to some region. The main danger to road users is the likelihood of a traffic collision. Such dangers can be reduced by individual road users operating cautiously and defensively, by building roads in alignment with competent traffic engineering practices, by the application of rational traffic control methods, and by designing road vehicles so they are more able to avoid and survive collisions. 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 100,000 persons dying in road accidents.
The Conference aims to focus on sessions covering:
· key challenges: road safety planning & management;
· emerging technologies for safe roads;
· public health, sustainability & road casualty reduction;
· behavioral change techniques (BCTs) in road safety interventions.