Govt aims to reduce accident deaths by 50% by 2030: Gadkari

New Delhi: Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Shri Nitin Gadkari said Road Safety is Top-most priority of the Government with target to reduce Accident Deaths by 50% by 2030. Addressing CII National Conclave on ‘Road Safety – Indian Roads@2030 – Raising the Bar of Safety’ Shri Gadkari said change in social behaviour is very important along with focusing on strengthening ‘4Es of Road Safety’ -Engineering (Road & Vehicle Engineering) – Enforcement – Education and Emergency Medical Service. He emphasized on cooperation of all stakeholders for enhancing road safety.
The Union Minister said as per the latest Report on Road Accidents 2022 there have been 4.6 Lakh road accidents, 1.68 Lakh deaths and 4 Lakh serious injuries.He said every hour there are 53 road accidents and 19 deaths .
Gadkari said there has been increase in Road Accidents by 12% , increase in Road Accidents Deaths by 10% resulting in socio-economic loss of 3.14 % to GDP . He said 60% of deaths are in young age group of 18 to 35 years .He said accident Death is loss of bread-earner in a family, professional loss to employer & overall loss to the economy.
Gadkari said system of rewards for good traffic behaviour among citizens has yielded positive results in Nagpur. The Union Minister stressed on regular eye check-ups for drivers and asked the organisations to organise free camps for the same as part of their corporate social responsibility. He said education and awareness among School, Colleges , Collaboration with NGO, Start-ups, Technology Providers, IIT, Universities, Traffic & Highway Authorities is the way forward for spreading good practices for Road Safety.

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