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     New Delhi, January 16 2024: Government of India today said it was planning to reduce the death due to road accident by 50 per cent in the next seven years.

     Road Safety is top-most priority of the India Government with target to reduce Accident Deaths by 50 per cent by 2030, union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari said.

     Every hour there are 53 road accidents and 19 deaths, addressing CII National Conclave on ‘Road Safety – Indian Roads@2030 – Raising the Bar of 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.

     There has been increase in road accidents by 12 per cent, increase in road accidents deaths by 10 per cent resulting in socio-economic loss of 3.14 per cent to GDP, Gadkari said.

     He said 60 per cent of deaths are in young age group of 18 to 35 years.

     Gadkari said accident death is loss of bread-earner in a family, professional loss to employer and overall loss to the economy.

    The Minister 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.

     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 emphasised on cooperation of all stakeholders for enhancing road safety.

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