Road Safety Week is ongoing in India, which commenced from January 11, 2016. Several automobile manufacturers have joined the initiative to spread road safety awareness among the public. The Indian Government is trying to improve road safety in the country.
The Indian Government plans on introducing a Road Transport and Safety Bill. One of the main focus will be the mandatory inclusion of airbags within all vehicles sold in the country. Unfortunately, a deadline for this has not been set and the bill is yet to be introduced in the Parliament.
Currently, over five lakh vehicle-related accidents take place in India every year. Out of which, 1.5 lakh individuals lose their lives and many more are left injured. Officials also believe that vehicle owners should be given better training and issuing of driving license should be stringent.
Nitin Gadkari, the Union Minister of Road Transport, Highways and Shipping promised a website that would identify accident-prone zones across the nation. A total amount of Rs. 11,000 crore has been allotted to rectify accident prone zones across India.
Road Safety Authorities are aiming at reducing accidents by almost 50 percent within five years. Individuals too need to take a decision to be safer on the roads. Talking on mobile phones should be avoided and use of seat belt and helmet should be a conscious choice and not forced upon.