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The World Health Organization Says: Road Safety in India is Worst

Snapshot: The report is based on the study of five elements which are considered extremely risky

WHO (The World Health Organization) is a global organization which looks after general health care in the whole world.  Its reports are impartial and objective and are always taken seriously by all parties concerned.  WHO has recently conducted a study on the road safety and issued a report subsequently. The report is based on the study of five elements which are considered extremely risky.  These are:

  • Drink Driving
  • Driving at very high speed
  • Motorbike driving without head helmets
  • Not using seat belts
  • Not using usual safety measure for children

The report finds that:

  • Deaths due to traffic accidents is 1-24 Millions every year in the world
  • People riding bicycles, walking or driving motorcycles are high on the list of victims
  • Countries have not passed sufficient laws to keep the speed limit in check
  • Not enough care is taken to punish those who drive after drinking
  • The rule for driving while talking on cell phones is not implemented rigorously

These are some of the factors which lead to injury and death on roads every year. India, among other countries, is at the bottom of the list of countries having worst road safety record and is chosen along with 10 other countries to take part in a project set up by ‘WHO Road Safety Commission’ to educate the general public and limit accidents on public roads.  The panel has many well known figures on board. A.P and ‘”Punjab” are two Indian states where this project is already in operation.  In both these states rigorous action is being taken to enforce and punish motorcyclists driving without helmets.  Among other things it is opined that taking public transport would minimize the accident and death count.  Also, it is a good idea to divide sections of the public road into lanes for slow moving and rapid speed vehicles.  Ahmedabad is one Indian city which has adopted this type of traffic system and the benefit is already very apparent. However, it is very important to get public, government and law enforcing authorities to jointly understand and implement the road safety rules otherwise the project like other equally well meaning projects will remain like a paper tiger.

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