Road Safety is top-most priority of the Government with target to reduce Accident Deaths by 50% by 2030: Nitin Gadkari

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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 .

Shri 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.

Shri 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.