Police department of states and union territories will be provided around 30,000 tablets for capturing accident related data says Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways and MSMEs Nitin Gadkari.
Nitin Gadkari has also reiterated his ministry’s commitment for making roads safer for all road users.
“It will continue with the efforts to reduce road accident fatalities through engaging larger communities and stakeholders in various awareness activities on road safety to encourage everyone to join hands in making roads safer”, added Gadkari.
Gadkari said, “IRAD project launched by his ministry will not only enhance the analytical capabilities based on international best practice, but will also help to perform analysis based on collected data for further improvement/corrective measures to be taken at the accident spot/accident prone areas by the concerned Road Authority.”
Addressing the Road Safety Stakeholders’ Meet in New Delhi today, the minister called upon the large number of students present in the function to become the brand ambassadors of road safety to bring about the behavioral and transformative change in the youths of the country.
Speaking on this occasion, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh called upon youth to use social media, i.e. WhatsApp, Facebook and Instagram to raise awareness about the pressing need of road safety.
He stressed that the use of TVs and mobiles in cars or while driving has become a menace, adding that science and technology should be used to save lives.
Minister of State for Road Transport & Highways Gen (Retd) Dr. VK Singh said that government is taking all necessary steps for improving the engineering of roads, enforcement, improving emergency care and taking up awareness campaigns for citizens. However, the efforts of the Government alone will not suffice and there is a need for the citizens at large to join hands and make road safety a social movement.
Rajnath Singh and Nitin Gadkari also launched the ministry’s new project called Integrated Road Accident Database (IRAD), a robust road accident database management system developed and being implemented with the help of Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, NIC and supported by World bank.
This will enable the states and centre to comprehend the information related to road accidents, analyses the root cause of road accidents and to develop and implement data-led road safety interventions to reduce the accidents. Accidents data is the basis for assessing road safety scenarios and for implementing required interventions to reduce accidents. Accident database is the first step towards achieving scientific road safety management. An ideal database needs to be comprehensive so as to meet not only the statistical requirements but also assist in planning accident reduction measures.
This system can collect data across the country on different types of roads i.e. National highways, state highways, city roads etc. IRAD will be a comprehensive web-based IT solution and will enable various agencies such as Police, PWDs, NHAI etc. to enter details on a road accident from different perspectives such as investigation, road engineering, vehicle condition etc.
This system shall be first launched in the six states which are having the highest fatalities in terms of road accident related death i.e. Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh.