AVOIDING ROAD ACCIDENTS AND CASUALTIES

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Dear Sir, Indian roads, which account for the highest fatalities in the world, became yet more dangerous in 2015 with the number of deaths rising nearly 5% to 1.46 lakh. This translates to 400 deaths a day or one life snuffed out every 3.6 minutes. I couldn't find data of the death of car passengers. If we assume it being 25%, on an average every 15 minutes there is loss of life, which could be saved. If it is made mandatory having airbags for every passenger seat, ASIF (Anti-social Braking System) and EBD (Electronic Brake force Distribution) for the car manufacturers, and why only cars, it could be for all the light and heavy commercial vehicles too. If this is implemented, around 35000 or more lives could be saved every year. There is a statement from you that government intends to reduce accidental deaths to 50% by 2020. But if airbags, ABS and EDB are made mandatory, this target may be achieved faster. Although some car manufacturers like Maruti and Honda have already initiated adding airbags as optional / their regular fittings for certain models, and would be implemented April 2017 onwards. As I read in news that government has said that presently there is no proposal to make airbags mandatory. I hereby request you to table this proposal and implement it as soon as possible in order to save thousands of Indians from unnatural, unfortunate and untimely deaths. Thanks and regards, Prakash Tanna.


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