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.

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.

In Indian perspective safety norms have lagged behind the international standards. Moreover, the international companies launch their vehicles on Indian Roads but somehow forget to implant safety measures that are mandatory abroad. To name a few these include: air bags and censors and many more.

Although both the citizens and the Govt. officials are well informed about the urgency of the burning topic “Road Safety”, still there are many hurdles in the path to implement “Road Safety” safely.

1. One can easily spot people jumping traffic lights, driving while drunk, driving recklessly at high speeds. Wearing seat belts is assumed as if they have been tied with the car seats. Poor infrastructure has led to poor road designs. Roads are built without keeping their functionality in mind.: Roads are not well formed with the markings and signals. Line markings are not printed on all roads. Traffic signals are used for spitting and littering. Road barriers and other equipments are seen dwindling here and there on the roads.

2. Vehicles designed for Indian roads are not up to the International Standards. Safety norms are not even close to international level. There is a need to look for viable solution in this respect.

Courtesy: www.roadsafety.org


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