Varsha, Researcher - CAG

Buckle Up! No Excuses Now.

Thu, 30/06/2022 - 14:01

A compliance audit conducted by CAG recently in two districts of Tamil Nadu, (i.e. Thiruvarur and Tirunelveli) revealed that more than 50% of vehicle drivers did not comply with the usage of helmets and seatbelts. The compliance levels of pillion riders in two-wheelers and passengers in cars were acutely low. This reality comes with no surprise but an increased sense of worry given the fact that Tamil Nadu has been registering the highest number of road crashes for five years consecutively until 2020. 

An assessment of speeding concerns and their management in Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Tue, 14/06/2022 - 12:56

“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!

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Speeding woes in Chennai need to be resolved, NOW!

Fri, 08/04/2022 - 09:42

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.

Budgeting for road safety

Wed, 16/03/2022 - 11:05

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.

Tamil Nadu’s Road Safety Policy – A need for policy innovation

Mon, 03/01/2022 - 09:33

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.

Road Safety in Tamil Nadu requires streamlined action - Perspectives from Tirunelveli and Thiruvarur

Mon, 01/11/2021 - 12:09

Reduction of road crashes and fatalities at the state and district levels has been prioritised and   led by a series of steady efforts channelized through institutional changes, data-driven approaches and improved law enforcement in Tamil Nadu since 2017. Therefore, it's crucial to understand the road safety scenario, its progress, success factors and the challenges in implementation at the decentralised district levels to sustain road safety achievements. CAG, in collaboration with Mr.