Road Safety Action Plan


How to prevent Road Accidents



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How to prevent Road Accidents

  • Time Punching of Private buses (practiced in some states) should be discontinued as it is forcing the drivers to go at high speed, after traffic blocks.

How to prevent Road Accidents

  • TV and other media should be effectively used for Public safety awareness.
  • Major accidents and accident prone areas should be scientifically analyzed .
  • Speed should be restricted at accident prone areas.

How to prevent Road Accidents

  • Stringent traffic rules should be enacted.
  • License of those who are involved the accidents should be suspended immediately, at least until they prove that they are not guilty.
  • License of those who make serious accidents should be cancelled.

How to prevent Road Accidents

  • Roads should be properly maintained. Permanent contracts / arrangements should be in place for maintaining all roads in good condition 24 hours a day, 365 days an year. If a gutter is repaired in time it can save a life !!!

How to prevent Road Accidents

  • Health of vehicles should be strictly enforced.
  • Eyes of old aged driving license holders should be tested periodically.
  • License of drunkard drivers / riders should be cancelled immediately .

How to prevent Road Accidents

  • Judicial Commissions should be setup to monitor steps taken to control road accidents.
  • Roads should be straightened / widened wherever required.
  • One way traffic should be implemented as far as possible. Medians should be constructed in roads with two way traffic.

How to prevent Road Accidents

  • Footpaths and medians should be made mandatory for important roads.
  • Zebra crossings should be provided for pedestrians for safe road crossings at appropriate places.

How to prevent Road Accidents

  • Signals for road crossings at important busy places where a large number of people have to cross the road everyday.
  • Roads should be properly marked. Proper sign boards should be installed.

How to prevent Road Accidents

  • Humps should be provided at all important places, accident prone areas.
  • Construction, size and shape of the Humps should be scientific. All the Contractors of the Public Works / Other departments should be provided with the details of scientific Hump construction

How to prevent Road Accidents

  • Humps should be clearly marked, to avoid accidents. Methods of permanent nature should be followed in Hump marking. For example white marble pieces / white color / fluorescent pigment can be included in the mixture.

How to prevent Road Accidents

  • Provision of small pilot humps few meters before humps can also be considered to ensure that humps are not left unnoticed.
  • Obstructions on road sides, caused by unauthorized construction / road side sales should be eliminated.

How to prevent Road Accidents

  • Visibility should be increased near curvatures. Sometimes, even cutting of grass to increase visibility can help save many lives.

How to prevent Road Accidents

  • Road Safety Day / Road Safety Week should be observed in all Schools, every year. Competitions on Road Safety Tips, Slogans, Essay, Painting etc should be conducted for various categories of students.

How to prevent Road Accidents

  • School Buses should be painted with Bright Yellow color.
  • Let ‘Road Safety’ be a mandatory topic for School Projects for all classes, every year.

How to prevent Road Accidents

  • A small pool of water or a hanging branch of tree on roadsides can cause accident, as such obstructions will make the pedestrians / drivers to take sudden lateral ( cross ) movement and result in accidents. Hence any obstruction on road sides which can cause a cross movement should be completely rectified timely.

How to prevent Road Accidents

  • Black color should not be permitted for Cycles. Preferred / Default color for Cycles should be Yellow.

How to prevent Road Accidents

  • Front and Back of Lorries and Trucks should be painted with bright Yellow color to increase visibility. This will help to prevent collisions while Lorries and Trucks are parked on roadside without parking lights switched on.

How to prevent Road Accidents

  • Reflectors should be fixed on Front and Back of Trucks and Lorries.
  • Accident statistics should be periodically reviewed to understand the effect of actions taken. Corrective steps should be taken based on these reviews.

Worldwide toll of road accidents: ( Statistics by World Bank & WHO )

  • 1.2 million people worldwide are estimated to be killed each year on the roads – that’s around 3,000 deaths daily, 500 of them children .
  • 50 million people worldwide are believed to be injured in road crashes each year, 15 million seriously .
  • Low and middle income countries account for more than 85 per cent of global deaths from road traffic crashes;

Worldwide toll of road accidents: ( Statistics by World Bank & WHO )

  • The global financial cost of road traffic injuries is 518 billion USD each year.
  • The cost to low and middle income countries is 65 billion USD, more than all development aid income .
  • For males aged 15-44, road traffic injuries rank second (behind HIV/AIDS) as the leading cause of premature death and ill health worldwide .


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