Driving on Indian roads has been no less than a bumpy ride since the last few decades, owing to a lack of proactive road safety strategy in place. As per a report published in 2019, over 1.35 million people die in road crashes across the globe each year, of which India accounts for more than 11% of those deaths. On the contrary, Indians own barely 2% of the world’s motor vehicles which clearly sheds light on how India is one of the world’s worst-performing countries in terms of road crash deaths.
So, we at ArriveSAFE strive to be the beacon of light in this otherwise gloomy situation and pave the way for safer roads in India by ensuring effective policy making and advocacy, a proactive legal framework, and efficient on-ground consultancy and training.
Syncing with United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals
The bleak statistics about India’s road safety paints an alarming picture for everyone alike; making it one of the most pressing social, economic, health and development issues of our time. Road crashes is the leading cause of death for young people between the age group of 15 to 29, and the eighth leading cause of death globally.
We at ArriveSAFE pledge to contribute our bit towards controlling this menace and fulfilling the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, which are to:
- Halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents by 2030.
- Provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all, improving road safety, notably by expanding public transport, with special attention to the needs of those in vulnerable situations, women, children, persons with disabilities and older persons by 2030.
The UN Road Safety Fund Terms of Reference (Nov 2018) describes the global burden of road trauma as follows:
SDG 3.6: By 2020, halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents.
SDG 11.2: By 2030, provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all, improving road safety and expanding public transport.
“Ninety per cent of all road fatalities occur in developing countries. Beyond human suffering, road traffic deaths and injuries impose significant economic and financial losses to individuals and to societies […] An estimated 12-70 million people are kept in poverty each year due to road traffic injuries and fatalities, and the economic loss of road crashes ranges from 3-6 per cent of GDP a year.
Road traffic injuries often inflict the highest burden of death and long-term disability on those in their prime working age, between 15 and 64 years old, resulting in a reduced work force and a weaker economy. Road traffic injuries are estimated to create a $1.85 trillion burden on the global economy each year.”
Keeping in view the same, we strive to meet the objectives of the United Nations Road Safety Fund in India. These objectives are:
- Strengthening road safety management capacity at the national and local levels and unlocking sustainable sources of domestic road safety financing in low and middle-income countries by mobilizing global financial and technical resources.
- Supporting road safety programs at the national and local levels across the five pillars of the Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety by providing funding support to participating institutions and organizations throughout the investment cycle.
- Coordinating complementary channels of road safety and sustainable transport assistance to countries and cities to harmonize initiatives for the Sustainable Development Goals and maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of the goals.