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PM Modi asks people to become ‘active stakeholders’ in road safety activities | India News

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday appealed to people to become “active stakeholders” in road safety activities to save lives. He said road crashes had become a cause of concern across the globe. At least one out of every 10 people killed on roads across the world is from India, according to the World Health Organisation.
This is the second time that the PM has spoken about road crashes and the need to increase awareness in his monthly ‘Mann ki Baat’. In July 2015, he had expressed concern over a person dying in a road crash every four minutes and had urged every family to inform youngsters about the importance of road safety rules.
The PM also said due to implementation of FASTag — the electronic mode of paying user fee at toll plazas — the total saving on account of fuel and time was estimated at around Rs 21,000 crore. Endorsing the views of a listener, he said because of FASTag, waiting time at toll plazas had drastically reduced.
On average, around 415 lives are lost on Indian roads every day. The last year was only an exception due to Covid-induced lockdown which resulted in a sharp decline in road crashes, deaths, and injuries.
Modi said several efforts were being made for road safety at the individual and collective level along with the government. While highlighting key messages put out by agencies such as Border Roads Organisation to create awareness among people about road safety, Modi urged people to send innovative slogans or catchphrases which could be used for the road safety campaign.
Welcoming the PM’s address, road transport minister Nitin Gadkari said this would strengthen the efforts to make roads safer. Experts also welcomed the PM’s call to make road safety a mass movement.
Last week, leaders from several disciplines including health, enforcement, and civil society had urged the government to give top priority to check road deaths by taking measures, from creating awareness to rectifying engineering and design faults, to improving trauma care. Addressing a webinar on Injury Prevention in India, chief of spine services and medical director of Indian Spinal Injuries Centre Dr H S Chhabra had said, “All stakeholders have to come together and do their bit to reduce road crashes and injuries.”
Participating in the webinar, senior Haryana cadre IPS officer Hanif Qureshi said there was a need to make the road environment conducive for people to follow traffic rules. “When we expect people to follow lane driving, we must ensure we have lane markings on our roads. You hardly see any road marking and NHs. There is a need to design our roads in a manner that reduces the probability of a crash,” he added.

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