In April 2014, the U.N. General Assembly has expressed its concern that the number of road traffic deaths still remains unacceptably high, with an estimated 1.24 million lives lost in 2010. Only 7% of the world’s population is covered by adequate laws that address all behavioral risk factors, including the non-use of helmets, safety belts and child restraints, driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, inappropriate and excessive speed and the inappropriate use of cellular telephones, including texting while driving.
Half of all road traffic deaths worldwide involve pedestrians, motorcyclists and cyclists and some developing countries have inadequate infrastructure and insufficient policies in place to protect these vulnerable road users.
The 9th IRF Regional Conference on “Road Safety Initiatives: Status and Way Forward” to be held in New Delhi, India on 5-6 October 2015 aims to take stock of the situation in States across the country and to build up a realistic agenda for further actions required to achieve the goals of the “UN Decade of Action”. Infrastructure alone cannot deliver total safety on roads. Along with legal and enforcement systems, civil society also needs to own the efforts for achieving the targets set to free society of the trauma caused by road crashes. While an investment of 1 trillion USD targeted for infrastructure during the 12th Plan will provide huge opportunities, the aim should be to meet the infrastructure requirements of all road users, to realise true safety.
The 9th Regional Conference is going to be a common platform for State and Central Governments as well as Civil Society to share their success stories and help chalk out the Way Forward for the next five years of the Decade of Action in terms of:
- Initiatives across the Board- Engineering, Education, Enforcement
- Technology Support for Road Safety
- In-Vehicle Safety and Standardization
- Trauma Care and Rehabilitation System
- Road Safety Management Capacity
- Crash Data and Monitoring & Evaluation
- Vehicle Inspection & Maintenance Regime
- Safe Infrastructure for all Road Users
- Community Participation in Road Safety
- Sustainable Funding for Road Safety
The Regional Conference is supported by all the three concerned Ministries i.e. MoRT&H, MoUD and MoRD linked to road infrastructure and transportation across the country and urban areas. Therefore, the Conference is likely to have the participation of all State and Central Government Departments, State Transport Corporations, Urban/Municipal Authorities/Corporations, Engineering Contractors and Consultants, Road Signage, Lighting and other Safety Furniture Companies, Intelligent Transport & Communication Technology Suppliers, Road and Transport Researchers, and Academicians dealing with road safety issues. This wide participation will provide opportunities for business and networking as also deliberation on state-of-the-art practices of both the developed and developing world. The delegates will get ample opportunities for one-to-one interaction with experts, other participants as well as exhibitors, besides renewing contacts and networking, and for seeking solutions to their specific problems.
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