National Road Safety Month (Sadak Suraksha- Jeevan Raksha)

India is one of the busiest countries in the world in terms of road traffic. According to the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MORTH), Transport Research Wing, India ranks first in the number of road accident deaths across the 199 countries and accounts for almost 11% of the accident-related deaths in the World. Roughly around 17 accident-related deaths occur across India every hour. The total number of road accidents, while still a massive number has reduced markedly from over 5 lakh in 2015 to less than 4.5 lakh in 2019. India’s traffic Police force can be largely credited for keeping this number in check. Regulating traffic while being in constant danger themselves, they are primarily responsible for the safety and security of our lives on the road. Their own safety also depends how visible they are to oncoming traffic, visibility that is severely compromised in poor light conditions or at night. This risk is further accentuated on the highways where vehicle speeds are much higher than on busy city roads. Highways account for 55% of all road accidents and 61% of fatalities in India.
As part of road safety awareness drive initiated by the Highway Traffic Police Maharashtra, Yashlok Welfare Foundation observed the ‘Road Safety Awareness Month’. The campaign was organised to initiate awareness about the number of road-accidents, their causes and their prevention as well as the importance of following traffic rules. The campaign will be instrumental in bringing down the number of casualties.

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