6,000 died on roads in City last year

6,000 died on roads in City last year

These startling figures were revealed in the latest Bengaluru Road Safety and Injury Prevention Programme (BRSIPP) 2010 report released here on Wednesday by the Department of Epidemiology, Nimhans, and the World Health Organisation (WHO).
The report indicates that RTI and suicides have emerged as the two major causes for injury-related deaths in Bangalore. Fifty-three per cent of the injuries were head and face wounds.

Pedestrians, two-wheeler riders, pillion riders and cyclists constitute the majority of victims of RTI deaths. About 50 per cent of them occurred on 13 roads in the City, namely Tumkur Road, NICE Road, Hosur Road, Mysore Road, Bellary Road, Doddaballapur Road, HMT Main Road, BTM Ring Road, Hesaraghatta Road, Old Madras Road, Bannerghatta Road and CV Raman Road.

Interestingly, in most of the accidents, the roads were straight, visibility was good, and there were no obstructions.

100 bus crashes

The report also reveals that about 100 bus crashes resulting in deaths occurred in the last one year in the City. Twenty-five network hospitals in the study attributed 20 per cent emergency registration, 20 per cent admission and 25 per cent of total deaths to RTI. According to the study, the minimum cost of hospitalisation borne by a person is Rs 50,000.

“Contrary to the notion that educated states have less road accidents, statistics point out that the southern states too are losing a large number of people to RTI. In Karnataka, 50,000-60,000 people die per year due to RTI,” said Dr G Gururaj, head of Department of Epidemiology.

He said although there has been minimal improvement in the infrastructure, the conflicts have only increased. Under-reporting of the RTI was another issue, which he summed up with the example that while 6,000 RTI cases were recorded by traffic police, the hospitals saw over 25,000 road accident cases. As many as 60-70 per cent of the injuries occur withinCity municipal limits.


“We need to address the designing of roads, speeding issues on peripheral roads, identify high crash locations, etc. Half of the road deaths can be prevented if we have a proper synergy of trauma care, vehicle safety, road design, implementation of helmet and seat belt laws and so on,” he said.

Pointing out the challenges, he said there was still not a single coordinating agency in the country for road safety, no policy or research programme dedicated for road safety, no specified goals or target, and no budget allocation.

Injury deaths are becoming a leading public health concern, Health Commissioner D N Nayak said during the BRSIPP stake holders’ consultation meeting. The Health Ministry had set up eight trauma care centres near major highways in the State.

Yet, shortage of doctors, especially neuro-surgeons and orthopaedic doctors, had marred the efforts to bring emergency care to road traffic victims.

Along with the 2010 report, ‘Injury and Violence in India: Facts and figures and Road Safety in India: A framework for Action’ was also unveiled.


Pedestrian deaths

* 62.4 per cent - crossing the road
* 25.4 per cent - walking on the road
* 6.6 per cent - standing on the road
* 5.5 per cent - unspecific

Fatal two-wheeler crashes

* 45.3 per cent - middle of the road
* 21.1 per cent - others
* 11.7 per cent - T junction
* 3.5 per cent - cross road
* 3.1 per cent - round about
* 2.7 per cent - road humps/ rumble strips

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