Hon’ble Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Government of India, Mr. Nitin Gadkari launched a road safety data dashboard for the city of Gurugram recently.
The dashboard uses FIR data collected by Traffic Police of Haryana from the last four years and indicates major factors causing road accidents in the state of Haryana. Safer Roads For Gurugram (SRFG) is an outcome of an MOU between Anheuser Busch InBev (AB InBev) and the Transport Department, Haryana Government.
SRFG is an autonomous working group comprising of corporates, government institutions, corporations, healthcare entities, industry associations, academic institutions, civil societies, data analytics and UN agency.
The Road Safety Data Dashboard captures end-to-end data from road collisions and fatalities thus, helps to identify vulnerable spots, assess risk factors and type of accidents, profiles of high-risk victims and vehicles as well as reveals accident data by the time of data and week.
By centralizing in-depth information dating back to 2016, it aims to serve as a tool for authorities to analyze data on various parameters and devise preemptive measures in an efficient and timely manner.
Mr. Nitin Gadkari, mentioned that road safety is one of the most sensitive and important subjects for the country. There are multiple challenges surrounding road safety like fake driver’s licenses, faulty road engineering and lack of adequate awareness among public at large.
The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways is committed to undertaking steps for tackling each one of these in an effective manner. Some of the interventions, which have been planned include computerized issuing of driver’s license, opening of new driver training schools, road safety audit and treatment of blackspots.
Collaborative action is the need of the hour – citizens, education institutions, corporations, not-for-profit organization and media can play a crucial role in strengthening law enforcement and building capacity to reduce accidents and saving millions of lives.