The International Road Federation (IRF) has called for concerted efforts to reduce road traffic fatalities in the country especially after dark hours . India accounts for 10% of global road accident deaths. The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) recorded 4.86 lakh accidents with 1.38 lakh fatalities in the year 2013.
“Most of the accidents at dark hours including twilight and morning fog are attributed to lack of lights, driving or riding under influence of alcohol, higher driving speeds due to empty roads, poor road engineering , construction site non safety measures, impaired night vision etc. said Mr K.K. Kapila. Chairman, IRF .
|Mr K K Kapila Chairman , IRF|
“Introduction of new Interceptors with night vision facilities for enforcement, Augmentation of towing/lifting/hauling equipments, Introduction of traffic signals, blinkers and auditory signals, Introduction of gantry mounted speed check (Day & Night) cameras at vulnerable locations, Installation of variable message sign boards , and Integration & augmentation of Traffic Control Centre can help in reduction of fatal road accidents after dark hours” added Mr Kapila.
“ The other measures needed to reduce fatal road accidents at dark include revising safety features in Vehicles for night driving, improving road infrastructure and road engineering , Night time enforcement use of reflective tapes to bring in high visibility and creating road safety environment at dark” said Mr Kapila.