Perspective: Road to Safety

In this episode of the Perspective Prog. based on Road to Safety. In focus today is Road Safety – something that concerns each one of us because we’re all road users in one way or the other. In case you’re wondering why are we talking about this now – let me put it in context. The third Sunday of November every year is observed as the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims – to remember the millions of people who’ve been killed and seriously injured on the world’s roads…and to acknowledge the suffering of all affected victims, families and communities. Globally, over 3500 people die every day on the roads, which amounts to nearly 1.3 million preventable deaths and an estimated 50 million injuries each year – making it the leading killer of children and young people worldwide. An estimate suggests road accidents could cause around 13 million deaths and 500 million injuries during the next decade, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. Recognizing the enormity of the problem and the need to act, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution in September 2020, proclaiming the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021-2030, with the ambitious target of preventing at least 50% of road traffic deaths and injuries by 2030. This year marks the beginning of the Second Decade for Action for Road Safety. The Global Plan on Improving Road Safety was launched by the United Nations last month, calling on countries to deliver on the resolution’s target by make roads safer in the coming years, saving lives, and preventing serious injuries. The question is: How much attention will the Global Plan be able to attract to road safety worldwide? What kind of action is required to not just reduce road fatalities and accidents, but also increase awareness and sensitivity about road safety?

1. Indresh Kumar Pandey, DG, Road Development & Special Secretary, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, GoI
2. Dr. K. Ravinder, Senior Principal Scientist & HoD (TPE Div.), Central Road Research Institute
3. Karuna Raina, Director, Public Policy & Research, Save Life Foundation

Anchor: Teena Jha

Producer: Amit Srivastav, Sagheer Ahmad

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