Child Road Crash Fatalities see a 12% increase : MoRTH Annual Road Accident Report

Urgent need to ensure safety of Children

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Bharat Chauhan, New Delhi: Transport Research Wing of Ministry of Road Transport and Highways released the annual report on Road Accident Deaths in India for the year 2019. According to the report, road crash deaths in the country have decreased by 0.2 % to 1,51,113 from 1,51,417 in 2018. The report released by MoRTH also covers the data on impact of enactment of MVAA, 2019.

Compared to 2018, there has been a decrease of over 300 deaths and over 18,000 road crashes and injuries over the previous year. This is also in contradiction to the recently released Accidental Deaths and Suicides in India (ADSI) Report by NCRB under the aegis of Ministry of Home Affairs. The ADSI reported 1.3% increase in Road Accident deaths from 2018 to 2019 and reported total fatalities at 1,54,732.

According to the MoRTH report, among the States, Uttar Pradesh recorded the highest road crash deaths with 22655 deaths (15% of total deaths in 2019) followed by Maharashtra recording 12788 deaths (8.5%) and Madhya Pradesh recording 11249 deaths (7.4%).

11,168 children were killed due to road crashes in 2019, i.e., 31 child deaths every day. Child deaths increased by 1,191 (11.94%) over the previous year. As per age wise break up of road crash data, maximum lives were lost between the ages 18- 35 years (48%). The working age population in the 18-60 years bracket accounted for a share of 84% in the total deaths.

Commenting on the report, Piyush Tewari, CEO and founder, SaveLIFE Foundation said, “There is an urgent need for full implementation of the Road Safety provisions in the Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Act 2019 including implementation of Child Safety provisions. Additionally, identifying risk factors specific to the safety of children and creating a plan to mitigate them should be prioritised by all State Governments. This will not only help lives of Children but other road-users as well”

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