Indian Roads Account For The Highest Fatalities In The World - Report

With India in the top spot, IRF encourages motorists to share happiness and safety in the new year 2017, as this is the peak time for road accidents.

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Road deaths have been falling in most of the country's worldwide in the last couple of years. Among them, Indian roads account for the highest fatalities in the world, according to Geneva-based International Road Federation (IRF).

KK Kapila, Chairman of IR0F, said, "At present India accounts for 10 percent of global road accidents with more than 1.46 lakh fatalities annually, highest in the world. As a signatory to Brasilia Declaration, India is committed to reducing the number of road accidents and fatalities by 50 percent by 2020."

With India in the top spot, IRF encourages motorists to share happiness and safety in the new year 2017, mainly because of this celebration time of the year is most high-risk times on roads all over the world.

"Most of the holidaymakers hit the road to various destinations for year-end celebrations. But travelling during holiday periods can be riskier because of increased traffic volumes, winter fog, congestion, tiredness, people driving in unfamiliar environments, and a higher number of people who are driving under the influence of alcohol," said Kapila.

"It is very important that citizens welcome the New Year with happiness and safety. Thus, while celebrating, they should understand their responsibility as well. Road safety is everyone's responsibility, every fatal crash or serious injury has a long-lasting effect on the family and friends left behind."

He added, "The other suggestions for safe driving during holidays include ensuring vehicle is properly maintained. One should check vehicle's oil level, tyre pressure, windshield wipers and washer fluid, heater, defroster, antifreeze, and brakes before departing."

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