With the ever increasing road injuries in India every year, IIHMR University from Jaipur has signed LoA with the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit to set up Centre of Injury Research (CIR) in Jaipur. The centre will be set up to design and conduct research studies, capacity building and intervention projects in the area of injury and accidents.
Dr. S.D Gupta, President, IIHMR University, said, “Over 10 lakh vehicles are registered every year only in Rajasthan state. And the trend is year on year increasing which requires a proper road traffic planning for inter-city roads and national highways in Rajasthan. Even after the law enforcement and awareness programmes done by government and private sectors in Rajasthan, there have been no change in last five years as the number of accidents has remained same to over 24000 in 2010 and in 2015.So, CIR will mainly focus on behavioral studyso that it helps to change the scenario.”
Globally Road Traffic Accidents (RTA) is the eighth leading cause and has caused the death of 3.4 lakh youngsters in the age group of 15-29 years. India has recorded the highest number of death caused due to RTA. According to the road transport and highway ministry report, 75,000 youngsters will killed in road crashes alone in 2014. Last year in India, the total deaths in the age group 35-65 years were 49,840 and between 15-34 years were 75,048.
The state wise share of fatalities in 2014 is: UP (11.7%), Tamil Nadu (10.9%), Maharashtra (9.2%), Karnataka (7.5%) and Rajasthan (7.4%). The statistics were even more horrifying as the number of deaths were classified as per the vehicle share, Two-wheeler caused (23.3%) deaths, 3-wheelers (4.5%), car, jeep and taxi caused (18.6%), Truck, tempo and tractor caused (25.6%) deaths and Buses caused (8.&%) deaths in 2014.