Road Safety Current Affairs - 2019
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Delhi Government has launched Zero Fatality Corridor with an aim to curb the number of accidents. The announcement was made by the Minister of Transport, Delhi during the opening ceremony of the Road Safety Week.
About the Zero Fatality Corridor
The important facts related to the Zero Fatality Corridor are:
- A 3km stretch between Bhalswa chowk and Burari chowk on the outer ring road has been chosen as a case study in this regard.
- The selected stretch has four blackspots namely Burari chowk, Bhalswa chowk, Mukundpur chowk, and Jahangirpuri bus stand.
- This 3km stretch will be observed for scientific assessment of accidents, road engineering, road-user engagement.
- Experts will also ensure that safety and security measures such as police enforcement and rapid emergency care are made available on this stretch.
- The initiative is a collaborative approach of the transport, health, education, public works department, together with Delhi traffic police to ensure that road fatalities in Delhi are reduced.
Data shows that around 67 fatal road accidents occurred on this road over a span of two years starting 2016. The Zero Fatality Corridor project aim is to reduce the fatalities to near zero levels on this particular stretch. After evaluating the impact of the initiative, the government aims to replicate this model in other parts of the city. The initiative is part of the plan of action to reduce fatalities due to road crashes by 30 per cent by 2020.
Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways had appointed Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar as brand ambassador of its Road Safety campaigns. As part of this campaign, three short films featuring Akshay Kumar for generating public awareness towards road safety were also released. These films were directed by R.Balki and call upon people to adopt good practices in road safety to build accident-free society.
The subject of road safety is of supreme importance in India as approximately around 1,46,000 people had died in road accidents across the country in 2017. Majority of the road accidents involved two-wheelers, where the victims were not wearing helmets and over 65% of deaths on roads were of people in employable age. Government had introduced Road Safety Bill in Parliament (yet to pass) having provisions for stricter penalties for offenders. Union Ministry of Ministry of Road Transport & Highways also had constituted national road safety council as apex body to take policy decisions in matters of road safety. It also had requested all states and Union Territories to set up state road safety council and district road safety committee and to hold their meetings regularly.