According to a government estimate, at least 9,362 road accidents occurred in the State during 2010 in which 3,773 persons lost their lives.

Looking at the increasing number of deaths in road accidents in India, the Forum for Prevention of Road accidents (FPRA) in association with International Road Federation (IRF) held a conference here on Wednesday to mark the launching of Decade of Action for Road Safety by United Nations (UN).

Average death rate

Speaking on the occasion, IRF secretary Raj Pal said the objective of the global campaign was to halt the alarming rise in road accidents in India because in an average 15 persons in our country die in one hour due to road accidents.

Objective

Throwing light on the objectives and activities of IRF, Mr. Raj Pal said the global initiative was aimed at reducing the casualties in road accidents.

FPRA founder secretary Bikash Mohaptra pointed out that road accidents in India can be brought down by enacting a comprehensive legislation and strict enforcement of road traffic rules.

Improved road safety planning, infrastructure development, and awareness campaigns would go a long way in checking the fatal rate in road accidents, Mr. Mohapatra.

Documents screened

Two road safety documents prepared by IRF were screened and there were plans to show these documents in all cinema houses, schools, and colleges in the State, Mr. Mohapatra said.

Speakers at a meet express concern over rise in number of deaths in road accidents