Researchers at IIT Madras are developing data-driven strategies to improve road safety in Tamil Nadu. A workshop was held to help formulate an action plan and policy advice to reduce road accidents and fatalities in the state, a press release said.
The workshop was organized by the Center of Excellence for Human Factors and Safety Sciences @ RBG Labs, IIT Madras, in coordination with the National Health Mission. Stakeholders involved in ensuring road safety, including police, health and transport services, road-owning agencies, education and rural development services, and local communities participated.
The main outcomes envisioned include long-term policies and strategies for an “accident-free Tamil Nadu”; short-term strategies to improve road safety and minimize road accidents over the next three months; and action points and key performance indicators for each of the departments concerned.
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Modalities will be developed for the sharing and use of available data with the services concerned for collective action aimed at guaranteeing road safety. For example, grid analysis data available from health services will be used for enforcement and outreach, among other things, the statement said.
Venkatesh Balasubramanian, professor in charge of the Center of Excellence for Human Factors and Safety Sciences @ RBG Labs, IIT Madras, said :. “
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A conceptual thinking approach is needed to solve the problem not only by identifying the problems, but also by implementing lasting changes in local conditions, he said.
In 2020, TN achieved the Sustainable Development Goal target of reducing the number of road traffic fatalities by 50%. However, the number of deaths has continued to increase in 2021, after the easing of lockdowns induced by the pandemic, according to the statement.