Community involvement needed to reduce road accidents, finds Vision Zero conference in Gurgaon
Chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar stressed on the need to reduce road accidents by devising new strategies to check road rage, improve road design and check drink driving.
He was addressing a gathering on Tuesday evening at the conclusion of Haryana Vision Zero Conference on ‘Safe Mobility for Safer Cities’.
The conference was held by Haryana government in collaboration with the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) Regional Council and World Resources Institute (WRI) India. The conference was held to discuss initiatives and innovations that could be undertaken in order to prevent traffic accidents.
The forum undertook discussions pertaining not only to the methods of avoiding accidents but also about how people should take responsibility of these road accidents. People need to be educated and awareness has to be spread in order to properly take care of the victim in case of an accident.
“The general public needs to be educated about basic life support. The initial reaction on seeing an accident is to gather around the spot, but afterwards, people do not want to take the responsibility of even taking the victim to the hospital. People need to be educated about basic life support. Community awareness about road accidents needs to be imparted,” said Dr Suvashis Chakravarthy, head of emergency and trauma, Artemis Hospitals.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), around 2 lakh lives are lost in India in road accidents. “Around 3% of India’s GDP comes from the expenditure on road accidents. Along with this, a rising trend can be seen in traffic accidents in India when compared to other countries such Denmark and Sweden, where there is a decreasing trend in road accidents. About 83%-89% of the victims of road accidents are pedestrians, bicycle riders and motorcycle riders,”said Priyanka Vasudevan, managing associate of urban transport and road safety, WRI India.
“Commuters should also give way to ambulances when on the road. A person’s life depends on that. A fine of ₹ 2,000-5,000 should be imposed on a person who do not give way to an ambulance. A citizen is the most important stakeholder when it comes to road safety,” said Dr Suprabha Dahiya, transport commissioner, Haryana.