The Union government has said that a total of 1,38258 persons have been killed in road accidents in the country during 2012. In 2011, 1,42,485 persons were killed, the government has said.
Road accident data is compiled in the Ministry in a format developed as per the Asia Pacific Road Accident Database (APRAD) project of United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia Pacific (UNESCAP). The government has taken the steps to minimise road accidents in the country. It has formulated a National Road Safety Policy, said the Union Minister of State in the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways Tushar A Chaudhary in a reply to a question in Rajya Sabha recently.
This Policy outlines various policy measures such as promoting awareness, establishing road safety information data base, encouraging safer road infrastructure including application of intelligent transport, enforcement of safety laws etc.
The Government has constituted National Road Safety Council as the apex body to take policy decisions in matters of road safety. The Ministry has requested all States/UTs for setting up of State Road Safety Council and District Road Safety Committees.
The Ministry has adopted a multi pronged strategy to address the issue of road safety based on four E’s of Road Safety viz. (i) Education (ii) Enforcement (iii) Engineering (roads as well as vehicles) and (iv) Emergency care.