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New device to record data, help road accident victim

A new device may help accident victims get faster treatment and insurance claim settlements.

delhi Updated: Sep 19, 2011 00:07 IST
Subhendu Ray

A new device may help accident victims get faster treatment and insurance claim settlements.

RADaR or Road Accident Data Recorder can collect and store essential accident-related data required by road engineers, traffic police, insurance agents and doctors in trauma centres. This device will be used by the traffic police.

RADaR — designed by the International Road Federation (IRF) — would be launched in the Capital on October 3 during a three-day international expo on traffic safety.

“Road accidents require a systematic analysis to evolve possible solutions and their counter-measures to improve safety of accident locations,” said PK Sikdar, a traffic expert.

Data collection from accident sites through existing arrangements is often inadequate because these are collected only for the purpose of FIR and strictly meet only the requirement of adjudication, said an IRF official.

The device will record all important accident-related data like vehicles involved, fatality or injury, collision diagram with exact details in a menu-driven electronic form filled by touchscreen arrangement for the tablet.

“RADaR is a user friendly electronic tablet that would help the traffic police collect road accident data from the accident site with complete ease. The device is equipped with GPS, GPRS, digital camera and voice recording systems,” said KK Kapila, chairman, IRF.

Comprehensive data collection will facilitate analysis of a road accident or accident reconstruction, which was not possible till now.

This, experts say, will lead to improvement in safety on roads and reduce road accidents and fatalities.

Satyendra Garg, joint commissioner of police (traffic) said, “I have heard about the device but am yet to see it. I can't comment on this now.”

An average of 170 people are killed in road accidents every month in Delhi.