The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has unveiled the Annual Report on 'Road Accidents in India-2022', painting a grim picture of the nation's road safety. The report reveals a shocking 11.9% increase in road accidents, emphasizing the need for a comprehensive approach to tackle the growing crisis.
The report, which is compiled from data received from police departments across the country, discloses a total of 461,312 road accidents reported in the calendar year 2022. These accidents claimed 168,491 lives and inflicted injuries on 443,366 individuals. This marks a significant surge of 11.9% in accidents, 9.4% in fatalities, and 15.3% in injuries when compared to the previous year.
The data paints a sobering picture of the challenges India faces in ensuring road safety. Factors contributing to these accidents include speeding, reckless driving, drunken driving, and non-compliance with traffic regulations. The report underlines the need to strengthen enforcement mechanisms, enhance driver education and training programs, and invest in improving the condition of roads and vehicles.
The Ministry is committed to implementing robust measures to curb the rising number of road accidents. Their approach encompasses road user behavior, road infrastructure, vehicle standards, enforcement of traffic regulations, and the role of technology in accident prevention. Recognizing that road accidents have multiple causes, the Ministry has formulated a multi-pronged strategy focusing on all four Es: Education, Engineering (both roads and vehicles), Enforcement, and Emergency Care.
Moreover, the Ministry is actively engaged in modernizing transportation systems, conducting road safety audits, and collaborating with international partners to adopt global best practices. Initiatives such as the Electronic Detailed Accident Report (e-DAR) for real-time data analysis and automated vehicle inspection centers are also in progress to combat road accidents.
The 'Road Accidents in India-2022' report is a valuable resource for policymakers, researchers, and stakeholders concerned about road safety. It delves into various aspects of road accidents, including their causes, locations, and their impact on different categories of road users. The report also sheds light on emerging trends, challenges, and the Ministry's ongoing road safety initiatives.
As the statistics paint a concerning picture of road safety in India, the call to action is louder than ever. Comprehensive measures, collaborative efforts, and a renewed focus on road safety are essential to reverse this alarming trend and make India's roads safer for all.