India has one of the highest numbers of road fatalities every year, and there seems to be no signs of it slowing down. Cyclists and pedestrians constitute over half of all the road fatalities, which is an alarming statistic.
Studies also show that the number of road fatalities has increased by 8% annually in the past decade. Each state should develop and implement a comprehensive pedestrian safety programme that promotes safe pedestrian practices, and educates drivers to share the road safely with other road users.
It is alarming that almost two-thirds of the 1.2 million people killed annually in road accidents worldwide are pedestrians. Despite the magnitude of the problem, most attempts at reducing pedestrian deaths have focused solely on education and traffic regulation.
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