Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras are developing data-driven strategies to improve road safety in the state.

On Wednesday, with the National Health Mission, the Center of Excellence at the Institute for Human Factors and Safety Sciences at RBG Labs hosted a one-day workshop to develop an action plan.

Increase in the number of road fatalities

By 2020, the state had achieved a sustainable development goal of reducing accident deaths by 50%, but by 2021, the number of road fatalities has steadily increased.

Health Minister Ma. Subramanian said that a coordinated knowledge sharing session among all road safety stakeholders in the state would be a way to continuously evolve successful road safety policies.

The program envisions long-term policies and strategies for an accident-free state. Short-term strategies to improve road safety and minimize road accidents from November to January 2022, are on the anvil.

Venkatesh Balasubramanian, professor in charge of the Center of Excellence for Human Factors and Safety Science, said roads are shared assets and safety on them is a collective responsibility of all stakeholders.

Stakeholders are expected to propose action points and key performance indicators; and how to share and use the data available for collective action.

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