With stray cattle posing threat to vehicular movement on roads, the Odisha government has decided to put reflective stickers on horns of the cattle across the State.

The Global status report on road safety 2018, highlights that the number of annual road traffic deaths has reached 1.35 million. Road traffic injuries are now the leading killer of people aged 5-29 years. The burden is disproportionately borne by pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists, in particular those living in developing countries.

More than 70 per cent of fatal road crashes in 2017 involved adults in the 18-45 years age group, according to a report. As many as 1.47 lakh people died on Indian roads in 4.64 lakh accidents reported during 2017, the report by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways said.

This report addresses one of the most tragic and preventable health issues affecting youth in cities around the world: road traffic deaths and injuries.

About 38 per cent of all African road traffic deaths occur among pedestrians, Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi, has said.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Road Accidents, 19/07/2018. As per the data received from police department of States/UTs, 150,785 persons and 1,47,913 persons were killed in road accidents during the calendar years 2016 and 2017 respectively. State/UT-wise details of persons killed in road accidents during the calendar years 2016 and 2017 is Annexed.

Judgement of the Kerala High Court in the matter of Dr. K. A. Seethi Vs State of Kerala & Others dated 06/07/2018. The petitioners are concerned with the failure of the State authorities in removing/disposing of the seized and confiscated vehicles, which are seen abandoned on the road sides and highways, and they have been cause of accidents and traffic congestion.

Order of the High Court of Uttarakhand regarding overloading of buses leading to accidents. High Court notes that the overloaded buses plied by the corporation or by the private owners are visible on road but even then, they are not challaned.

Order of the Supreme Court of India in the matter of Rakesh Kumar Singhal Vs Union of India & Others dated 02/07/2018 regarding lack of appropriate treatment in the hospitals for road accident victims.

Counsel for the petitioner argued that unless treatment is provided to the victims of the road accidents by some measure, the right under Article 21 of the Constitution is jeopardized. Supreme Court wants a copy of the petition to be served on the office of the learned Attorney General for India to assist the Court.

Preliminary 2017 figures suggest a slight decrease in the number of road deaths. Fewer traffic fatalities than in 2016 were recorded in 20 of 29 countries of the International Road Traffic Data and Analysis Group (IRTAD*) for which 2017 fatality data are available.

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