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HC notice to Centre on PIL for implementing road safety policy

The Delhi High Court today issued notice to the Centre on a PIL, seeking implementation of the 2010 National Road Safety Policy to ensure safety and welfare of road users.

A bench headed by Chief Justice N V Ramana sought a reply from Ministry of Road Transport and Highways on the PIL filed by Rajiv Boolchand Jain.

Besides the Centre, the PIL has made National Highway Authority of India and Himachal Pradesh Public Works Department as parties.

“The Government of India should consider time-bound implementation of National Road Safety Policy, 2010 by establishing the National Road Safety Board and the National Road Safety fund,” it said.

It has also sought a direction to the authorities to devise measures for effective implementation of the policy to ensure safety and security of road users especially rural folks who are not familiar with the traffic rules.

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World Bank Road Safety

JAIPUR: The World Bank has funded Rs 1362 crore for Road Sector Modernization Project which includes rural road connectivity programme. In this project 1056 revenue villages having population 250 – 499 (as per census 2001) spreading across 21 districts shall be connected by all weather roads in Rajasthan.

The major components of the projects are road section modernization and performance enhancement – under this component modernization of PWD with steps such as computerization, review of road sector policy, modernization of engineering practices and capacity building of PWD as an Institution will be taken.

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Research road safety

TRYING to stem the growing rate of elderly drivers on the road could be making life more dangerous for older Australians, particularly those in regional areas at risk of depression or physical health problems.

New research by Queensland University of Technology researcher Dr Ides Wong suggests the perceived dangers of senior drivers could be overstated, with most avoiding night or peak-hour driving.

“Older drivers tell us they have changed their driving patterns as a result of age,” Dr Wong said.

“In reality, they are less likely to drive on motorways and high-speed roads.

“They actually drive significantly less in general.”

Dr Wong, who completed her PhD on the topic through the university’s Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety, said there needed to be a focus on keeping senior Australians mobile.

“One thing we’re proposing for rural and remote areas where public transport may not be feasible is for older drivers to nominate a driving partner,” Dr Wong said.

By having friends or family available or community volunteers to drive, senior Australians in regional areas could be assured of some independence.

Dr Wong said most older drivers largely stuck to a strict routine, driving only a few kilometres to their nearest shops at a certain time each morning to buy a newspaper and cup of coffee.

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Crucial passive safety measures to save lives

The mandatory use of seat belts and innovative vehicle designs have done much to reduce injury and death from road accidents. Such ‘passive’ safety measures are an important part of any strategy to reduce the number of road accident victims.

The goal of the EU-funded project APROSYS (‘Advanced protection systems’) was to develop and introduce passive safety technologies for all European road users. Project researchers, led by the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), also wanted to increase the competitiveness of the European road transport industry, developing new safety technologies, design approaches and evaluation methods to help boost the efficiency of development processes.

APROSYS received 18 million in EU funding, making it a flagship European initiative in the area of road safety research. The team brought together research and scientific and technological expertise from across Europe and encompassed a wide swath of safety-related issues, including human biomechanics, vehicle and infrastructure crashworthiness, sensing and control, and occupant and road user protection systems.

Researchers conducted a number of human-body, mathematical-modelling analyses, assessing the pre-crash phase and the effects of age and gender on the behaviour of the human body in an accident.

The project also developed a new model of crash test dummy, representing a small female individual, to help assess side-impact accidents. In addition, a new side-impact protection system for car occupants was developed, including a sensor system that combines radar and stereo vision, and active mechanical components.

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Ball-like Object Claiming Lives of Children

Eight-year-old Md Fahim lost his two fingers as he curiously took a ball-like object in his hand found inside an abandoned bag near his house yesterday.

Fahim is the latest addition in the list of children falling victims to abandoned crude bomb explosions in recent political unrest.

After returning from school Fahim was playing with a tennis ball with his playmate Yasin, seven, in front of his house in capital’s Madhyapara.

“At one stage, they noticed a bag nearby. They found a ball wrapped in red tape inside. As Fahim took it out, it exploded creating a big bang,” described Fahim’s mother Nasima Akhter.

Fahim, son of a rickshaw-puller Md Shahidul Islam and a student of class-II in Madhya Badda Government Primary School, was taken to the Dhaka Medical College Hospital immediately.

Dr Hasan Mahmud at DMCH said the explosion blew away ring finger and small finger of his right hand. Rest of his fingers in both hands and abdomen also were injured.
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Road Lessons Begin in Classrooms

NAVI MUMBAI: In an effort to create road safety awareness among the youth, the traffic police in the city have embarked on a mission to educate college and school students on the dangers of reckless driving.

As part of the mission, they have extended the fortnight-long ongoing Road Safety Week to a year-long campaign in the city.

“Normally, road safety awareness programmes are one-time activities. But fanning out to different institutions over a longer period of time would enable real-time interaction with thousands of students,” said deputy commissioner of police (DCP) (traffic), Vijay Patil.

He added that their first target is 20 institutions with immediate focus on the batch passing out. These students would get new jobs and buy two-wheelers or cars or both and regularly use them for travelling.

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RTO to Release Booklet on Road Safety Today

ASHIK: The Nashik Regional Transport Office will release a booklet titled Rasta Surakshitachi Pathshala on Friday as part of its annual Road Safety Campaign to be held from January 3 to 17.

The booklet, which enlists various traffic rules, will be released by Kulwant Kumar Sarangal, commissioner of police, at a programme at the Niyojan Bhavan of the district collectorate.

Nashik RTO Jeevan Bansod said about 2,000 copies of the booklet will be distributed among school students during the campaign. The booklet comprises various tips with respect to precautions that need to be taken during a bus journey, while cycling, while crossing junctions along with the reasons behind most accidents, benefits of using helmets etc.

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Internal Roads Witness Sharp Rise in Mishaps

NAGPUR: Internal city roads are witnessing increasing number of road accidents. City traffic police figures show a total of 1,265 road mishaps were reported in 2013 of which 827 accidents took place on internal roads. Overall in 2013 the number of road accidents too has increased in the city – 181 more mishaps than 1,084 recorded in 2012.

According to traffic police statistics, of the 1,265 road mishaps 298 were fatal and 409 serious. In 2013, the mishaps claimed 310 lives (255 men and 55 women) and 1,237 persons (including 990 male and 247 female) were injured. In 2012, the fatal accidents saw deaths of 270 persons and 973 persons were injured.

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Cops Get Strict on Traffic Violations

ALLAHABAD: With increasing road mishaps and casualties being reported on city streets and connecting highways, the traffic police have stepped up to monitor road safety measures and decided to check the speed limit of vehicles at 17 identified spots.

The checks, traffic police authorities feel, will curb the graph of road mishaps in the region. In the past 72 hours, the police have penalized more than 310 people for various violations. Of these, 40% were taken to task for violating speed limit norms.

Traffic inspector Indrapal Singh said, “We have been constantly appealing to people to maintain speed limit after acknowledging that violation of speed limit is one of the prime causes behind road accidents, fatal and non-fatal”. The department has also taken up road safety measures on routes where maximum incidences were reported, he added.

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Road Deaths Up Last Year, Numbers Likely to Rise

The number of fatalities from traffic accidents on Cambodia’s roads increased by just seven in 2013, according to data released Thursday, but traffic safety groups said the actual figure is likely to be higher.

The number of deaths countrywide as a result of traffic accidents from November 11, 2012, to November 10, 2013, was 1,901, compared to 1,894 during the same period between 2011 and 2012, said Preap Chanvibol, director of land transportation at the Ministry of Public Works and Transportation.

While the number of deaths increased by just seven, the total number of accidents also increased by just 17 from 4,305 cases to 4,322, while the total number of severe injuries decreased by 183 from 4,338 in 2012 to 4,205, according to the ministry’s figures, which were provided by the traffic police.

Cheav Hak, chief of Phnom Penh traffic police, confirmed the police numbers.

“The total increase in deaths is only seven…this is the figure we totaled. It’s not a lot compared to last year,” he said.

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72% of Road “Accidents” in Maharashtra Involve Youths

MUMBAi: Nearly 72% of those involved in road accidents in the state are in the age group of 20-40 years and 85% of the injured are maimed for life, highway police said.

State additional director-general of police (highways) Vijay Kamble said road accidents were “extremely distressing” for family members of victims as most of those maimed were the bread-winners. Speaking at the inauguration of the Road Safety Fortnight, he said, “Road accident is the state’s eighth highest killer. If we do not create awareness on road safety and fail to take precautionary measures, it may become the fifth highest cause of death in the state by 2030.” He said countries like Malaysia and Indonesia had taken several measures in the last few years to drastically reduce road fatalities. “The US has more than double the number of cars as India, but there are fewer accidents. Even China has reduced road fatalities,” he said.

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57 Road “Accidents” Due to Drink Drivers in First 10 Months

Abu Dhabi: During the first 10 months of last year, 57 road accidents resulting in three deaths took place as a result of drink driving, while another 219 accidents happened during 2010-2013 causing 23 deaths, the Abu Dhabi Police announced on Monday.

Officials also revealed that the authorities are dealing very strictly with those caught driving under the influence of alcohol or any narcotics. Violating motorists will have their vehicles confiscated for two months, their licences revoked and will face legal action.

Brigadier Engineer Hussain Ahmad Al Harthi, director of Traffic and Patrol Directorate at Abu Dhabi Police, advised parents to be wary of their children’s friends who may have a negative effect on them. The official also noted that a larger number of patrols monitoring the capital’s internal and external roads in a bid to catch those under the influence of illegal substances will be set up as part of the Abu Dhabi Police’s efforts to reduce road deaths and injuries.

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Road “Accidents” Claimed 644 Lives in City Last Year

While lives lost to terrorism and militancy dominate news regarding Karachi, data compiled by the Edhi Foundation reveals that a startlingly large number of people were also killed in road accidents in 2013.

According to the compiled statistics, 644 people were killed and 7,641 injured in mishaps over the year. The month of August proved to be the deadliest, with 99 deaths and 865 injuries, followed by November with 61 reported deaths and 422 injuries.

A monthly breakdown shows that 51 people were killed and 732 injured in January, 45 killed and 663 injured in February, 64 killed and 706 injured in March, while 35 people died and 599 were injured in April.

In May, 36 people were killed and 617 injured in road accidents, 50 killed and 583 injured in June, 53 killed and 671 injured in July, 55 killed and 493 injured in September, 45 were killed and 689 injured in October, while 41 deaths and 710 injuries were reported in December

Furthermore, the data reveals that a majority of the fatalities were reported near the Sharea Faisal and Saddar areas.

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Kenya: PSV’s Brace for Stringent Rules to Boost Road Safety

KENYA’S public transport service is set for a major overhaul following the impending implementation of new regulations by the Transport and Safety Authority Board. The Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure has prepared a raft of regulations, signed by Transport Secretary Michael Kamau on December 16.

The regulations will be launched on February 1 and are perceived to be stringent than the famous Michuki laws. They contain stiffer penalties aimed at tackling high cases of road accidents. The regulations will replace laws introduced by the late John Michuki in 2004 when he served as Transport Minister.

The night ban travel by public service vehicles is part of the regulations. The directives contained in legal notice 219 sets strict rules aimed at taming the PSV’s that have been blamed for a spate of fatal accidents on Kenya’s highways especially during the festive season.

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JN Donates Millions to Aid Prevention of Violent, Road Traffic Injuires

The project, which is in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, the Violence Prevention Alliance and Mona GeoInformatics, will, among other things, seek to chart and analyse the burden of violence and motor vehicle-related injuries on hospital services across the island, with emphasis on the UHWI.

Additionally, the mapping will identify geographic areas which have a higher concentration of incidents to allow for prevention programmes to target those specific areas.

The trends collated will be based on hospital injury data over a five-year period, between 2005 and 2009; and the survey will also provide a profile of injuries by age, gender, nature and location of injury incidence.

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One Death in Every 10 Road “Accident” in Sultanate

Muscat: Twelve per cent of the road accidents in the Sultanate turn out to be fatal, an average of one death in every 10 road accidents, according to the recent statistics released by the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI).

The annual statistics covered the period till the end of November 2013. During this period, 6,600 road accidents were recorded resulting in 823 fatalities and 9,081 injuries, compared to 7,529 accidents which resulted in 1,059 fatalities and 10,737 injuries during the period from January to November 2012.

When compared to the 2012 figures, road accidents in Oman recorded an annual decrease of 12.3 per cent, while the death toll from accidents also recorded a decrease of 22.3 per cent.

Statistics also reveal that most of the dead were men, with 702 deaths (85.3 per cent), compared to 121 women (14.7 per cent).

The NCSI statistics also revealed that new vehicle registrations until the end of November 2013 witnessed a decline of 6.5 per cent. A total of 119,526 new vehicles were registered compared to 127,784 vehicles registered during the same period in 2012.

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Traffic Police Bat for Road Safety

GURGAON: As part of its annual weeklong campaign on road safety, the city’s traffic police have come out with a unique series of events focusing on different aspects of safety.

The campaign will kick off on January 11 with the overall theme of ‘When on the road, always say “Pehle Aap”‘, and promoting safe driving in Gurgaon. “Each day will be devoted to one feature of safe driving, for instance, January 11 will be promoted as ‘No Honking Day’ and another feature will be for the subsequent days during the campaign,” said Bharti Arora, JCP, traffic police.

According to the plan, January 12 will be promoted as a ‘Don’t Drink and Drive Day’, while the 13th and 14th January 14 will be ‘Lane Driving Day’ and ‘No Over Speeding Day’. January 15 will be ‘Helmet Day’ and the next being ‘Seat Belt Day’ while ‘Respect the Red Light Day’ will round off the campaign.

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On-the-Spot Counselling for Road Users

MYSORE: The city traffic cops are going all out to realize their goal of bringing in road discipline and making city roads safer. After initiating strict measures to implement the traffic rules by penalizing the violators, cops are now focusing on educating the violators. They strongly believe in making roadusers realize their responsibility too.

In a novel initiative, police have started counselling rule violators on the spot instead of booking them for violation. So far, hundreds of roadusers —pedestrians, two-wheeler users, auto drivers, car drivers and heavy vehicle drivers — have been advised to help cops in making the city roads safer by following the rules.

D Shivanna, head constable, on Wednesday, educated scores of roadusers during different sessions near Nazarbad police station circle. He said: “We are asking all roadusers to help accident victims and also telling them not to run away from the spot if they are responsible for an accident. We will have a little time – the golden hour — to save the accident victims and if we miss the opportunity there is every possibility the injured may die. We have also assured them that police will not book cases if they help victims.”

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Dozen Children Among 17 Injured in Road Mishaps

JAMMU/POONCH, Jan 9: At-least dozen students were injured when a school minibus turned turtle at Langate Morh near Sar Khad area of Kathua district while four cops among five people were injured in car-bus collision at Bainch village of Poonch.

Police reports said that at-least dozen students were injured, one of them critically, when a school minibus turned turtle at Langate Morh near Sar Khad area of Kathua district, this morning. The ill-fated minibus bearing registration number JK02E-8780 carrying students of Army School from villages Bhudhi, Nanan and Palad was on way to school at Kalibari. As soon as the vehicle crossed Sar Khad bridge, the driver lost his control after a rashly driven army vehicle came from opposite side. The vehicle turned turtle resulting injuries to students.

The locals rushed to the spot after hearing screams of the injured and they shifted them to District Hospital (DH) Kathua for treatment. The doctors attending upon them provided necessary treatment and referred the seriously injured student Pankaj Singh, son of Chajju Ram to GMC hospital.

Other injured identified as Kanav Punia, Pankaj Sharma, Ashvarya Rawat, Nikhil Singh, Tarun Sharma, Manik Singh, Manish Sharma, Ankur Sharma, Suraj Singh, Muskan, Ridima and Laksh Salathia were undergoing treatment at the DH Kathua.

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One Road “Accident” Death Every Four Minutes: Bihar Disaster Management Body Chief

PATNA: Bihar State Disaster Management Authority (BSDMA) vice-chairman Anil Kumar Sinha on Thursday cautioned people of the state against rash driving, as one road accident occurs every minute and one road accident death every fourth minute in the country.

Calling the deaths caused by way of road accidents an “invisible epidemic” even in Bihar, Sinha said the cumulative number of deaths caused by road accidents annually is higher than the number of people who get killed during disasters of different kinds, and, therefore, it was incumbent on vehicle users to avoid rash driving and adhere to road safety norms.

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