India accounts for only one per cent of the global vehicles but 10 per cent of the total deaths due to accidents across the globe, senior town and country planner Pawan Kumar has said.
Kumar blamed the high incidence of fatalities in road accidents on the faulty behaviour of road users on Indian roads.
Kumar, who works with the Union ministry of urban development, was addressing a session on ‘community involvement & public education campaign’ on the concluding day of a two-day global meet on road safety held by the India chapter of International Road Federation (IRF).
“The work culture today has changed because of the IT-BPO boom fuelling greater night driving. People go out more resulting in increased mobility on roads. Statistics reveal most accident victims are young, educated and they owned vehicles,” he said.
“A study by AIIMS suggests people lose cool at the slightest of pretext such as honking and traffic jams. The anger finds expression in road rage cases — verbal abuses and clashes,” he said.
“Self realisation, strict enforcement and stress management are the keys to avoid such incidents,” he said.
Trevor Wedge, director, international solutions for safe driving or IS4SD, UK, spoke on scientific tools and systems for driver training and assessment in developing countries. He said, “Education is the key. Corruption needs to be addressed as well.” Andrew Bayne, a2om, UK, spoke on learning system for driver training & assessment.