Government aims to reduce road accidents by 30% in 10 years
01 March 2015, Nirapad News: The government wants to cut road accident fatalities by half and reduce accidents by 30% over the next 10 years. Police said over the last five years, road crashes claimed 2,529 lives on average every year.
The plan was to establish a system of ‘pre-hospital’ treatment besides primary trauma centers every 70 km along major highways, offer first aid and telephone facilities at filling stations and include road safety education in school.
These plans are not yet in place and are expected to be implemented by end 2016. The National Road Safety Council (NRSC) has been looking to reduce accidents since 1997.
NRSC and Road Transport and Highway Division secretary MAN Siddique told “The plans are being implementing by different ministries, which makes coordination difficult.”
The safety council said pedestrians, cycle & motorcycle riders and public transport passengers are the most vulnerable. Of the accident victims, 45% are pedestrians. Adult males account for a third of deaths. About 65% accidents occur on highways and another 20% on city roads.