CAG, in collaboration with the District Administration of Tirunelveli, organised a training workshop for the District Road Safety Committee members on 15.10.2022. The workshop discussed global best practices, traffic safety evaluation, and Intelligent Transport Systems. The event was followed by a media workshop wherein journalists were sensitized to cover road crashes more effectively.
Varsha, Researcher - CAG
CAG in collaboration with Consumer Rights Movement, Salem conducted a regional media workshop in Salem on 25.09.2022. The workshop had over 30 media personnel participating, who discussed the need to implement MVAA 2019, strengthen road safety enforcement, and the role of media in road crash investigations.
Children are perhaps among the most overlooked Vulnerable Road Users (VRUs) in our country. This statement is justified by the scary statistics of India witnessing 11,168 child fatalities on roads in 2019, an increase of 12% from the previous year. Regrettably, Tamil Nadu accounted for 10.3% of the total child fatalities in the country amounting to 1153 deaths on roads in 2019.
The workshop aimed at sharing knowledge of global best practices on road safety emphasising the need for robust road safety legislation, increased penalties to act as deterrents and leveraging the use of technology for improved enforcement.
More than 50% of vehicle drivers in Thiruvarur district were found not adhering to the helmet and seatbelt laws, says a compliance audit conducted by CAG recently. With Tamil Nadu topping the charts for the highest number of annual road crashes consecutively for the fifth year in 2020, it is important to lookback, learn and redefine our road safety management practices. This study also recommends next steps for proactive enforcement and road safety management in districts of Tamil Nadu.
“Two wheelers and cars speed upto 75 kmph in major arterial stretches of Chennai city” says a study by CAG that highlights the concerns of speed management in the city through evidence based cases. The report also outlines priority areas to reduce speeding threats. Read to know more!
The consequences and the dangers of speeding are far ranging and well known. From losing control of a vehicle to the potential dangers of increased stopping distances and higher crash severity, speeding is a huge menace for the mixed road traffic scenario typical of India. As per the State Crime Records Bureau (SCRB) 2020, 98.57% of crashes in Tamil Nadu were the result of dangerous driver behaviour. The main reasons included speeding and aggressive driving.
From being a signatory to the Brasilia Declaration in 2015 to reaffirming its commitment to reducing road crash induced injuries and fatalities by 50 percent under the United Nations’ Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021-2030, India has been taking a raft of initiatives to improve road safety. Nitin Gadkari, the Union Minister for Transport and Highways in a recent press conference on making vehicles safer highlighted that India has been consistently working on the 4 Es of road safety viz. Education, Enforcement, Engineering and Emergency Care.
Road Safety is an important public health concern with serious social and economic consequences. India continues to account for the highest road crashes at the global level with the World Bank’s 2019 report suggesting 53 crashes happening on an hourly basis with one fatality every four minutes. India accounts for 13 per cent of the total road traffic fatalities in the world according to MoRTH.