Two, 3-wheeler riders worst hit: WHO

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - - Nation - Let­[email protected]­dus­tan­

Look­ing at the fac­tors lead­ing to fa­tal­i­ties, the re­port found that In­dia meets “two to six” in­ter­na­tional ve­hi­cle safety stan­dards. The limit on blood al­co­hol con­cen­tra­tion as per the law in In­dia is 0.03 g/dl. Re­duc­ing blood al­co­hol con­cen­tra­tions from 0.1 g/dl to 0.05 g/dl may con­trib­ute to re­duc­tion in al­co­hol re­lated road traf­fic fa­tal­i­ties by 6 - 18%, the re­port states.

How­ever, the max­i­mum speed limit on ur­ban and ru­ral roads in In­dia is 100 kmph. This is much higher than the speed of 50 kmph or less the re­port was look­ing at. “A 5% re­duc­tion in speed can re­duce the num­ber of fa­tal­i­ties by 30%,” it said.

“There is a need to take a multi-sec­toral ap­proach to tackle road crashes and deaths. There has to be bet­ter in­fra­struc­ture that al­lows for safer travel, bet­ter ve­hi­cles, im­proved in­ter­ven­tion and en­force­ment of laws, and a health sys­tem that can take care of ac­ci­dent vic­tims. We need to look at the prob­lem from a health per­spec­tive?” said Dr Dan­dona.

In­dia is the fourth-largest ve­hi­cle pro­ducer in the world.


■ An es­ti­mated 22.6 peo­ple per 100,000 pop­u­la­tion died of traf­fic ac­ci­dents in In­dia in 2016.

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