Annually 4.5 lakh die in road accident, but little attention given to it: Bengaluru traffic chief | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: It’s painful to say that road accidents don’t get as much attention compared to disease and epidemics, said Dr M A Saleem, Additional Director General of Police and Special Commissioner – Traffic, Bengaluru Traffic Police.
He was speaking on Monday at the inaugural of the World Head Injury Awareness Day marked by NIMHANS at their campus.
“Although we lose almost 10,000 people in Karnataka because of road accidents, and the majority of them result in head injuries, that much importance is not given to it,” he said.
Covid, he said, caused 5 lakh deaths and had huge attention given, vis a vis road accident deaths in the last three years which amounted to 4.5 lakh in the country and got little attention. ” It is a little painful that attention given to the pandemic is not given to road accidents,” he said, in the background of India accounting for 12 percent of the 1.2 billion world’s fatalities, although she has 2 percent of total vehicles in the world.
He explained a dilemma of clearing and decongested roads — as new road surface is laid brings a tendency to overspeed, leading to road accidents. Almost two decades back, the Outer Ring Road was inaugurated in the city, he recalled. Before it was opened, one would notice 15-16 accidents in the one portion that came under Frazer Town Traffic Police. But once it was opened it went up to 250, he added, hopeful that the driving speed is commensurate with the road, in the background of the new Bengaluru-Mysuru highway having just opened.
To some extent, he thanked the traffic congestion in the city for lesser accidents — 700 deaths a year — in the city (which has 50 percent of the state’s vehicles), compared to the rest of the state — 10,000 deaths in entire Karnataka. He said the phenomenon was in other cities too.
Following a study on the movement of ambulances in the city with NIMHANS, the BTP believed there was need for improvement.
“The golden hour is crucial for head injuries. Hence we should ensure medical services at that time. Towards that we will have adaptive signal lights which will have sensors for ambulances. The sensor will detect the ambulance about 200 metres from the signal. And the light turns green. Technology is being brought into the city. In India, the volume of traffic being higher than the capacity of the road, it was difficult to have such technologies. But now good solutions have been developed. Soon, we will have this technology in 165 junctions in high density corridors — where continuous arterial roads are there — for instance, Tumkur road, or Hosur Road, allowing free passage for ambulances that can save human life particularly in golden hour. Even on the 10th main, the road surrounding NIMHANS, a lot of work needs to be done to allow vehicles and ambulances from any direction to have free access, to save precious life,” he said.

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