Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said road safety is the government’s top priority and aims to reduce accident deaths by 50 per cent by 2030.
Addressing the National Conclave of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) on ‘Road Safety – Indian Roads@2030 – Raising the Safety Bar’, Gadkari said that the ‘4E’s of Road Safety – Engineering (Road and Vehicle Engineering) – Enforcement – Social behavior change is very important, with a focus on education and strengthening emergency medical care. He stressed on cooperation of all stakeholders to enhance road safety.
The Union Minister said that as per the latest report on road accidents 2022, there were 4.6 lakh road accidents, 1.68 lakh deaths and 4 lakh serious injuries. He said that every hour there are 53 road accidents and 19 deaths.
Gadkari said road accidents have increased by 12 per cent, deaths in road accidents have increased by 10 per cent, resulting in a socio-economic loss of 3.14 per cent to the GDP. He said that 60 percent of the deaths occur in the young age group of 18 to 35 years. He said death in an accident is a loss of a breadwinner for a family, a professional loss for the employer and an overall loss for the economy.
Gadkari said the system of rewards for good traffic behavior among citizens has yielded positive results in Nagpur. The Union Minister stressed on regular eye check-up of drivers and asked organizations to organize free camps for the same as part of their corporate social responsibility. He said education and awareness among schools, colleges, collaboration with NGOs, start-ups, technology providers, IITs, universities, traffic and highway authorities is the way to spread good practices for road safety.