The Karnataka government on Monday (February 22) signed a participatory agreement (PA) with Bloomberg Philanthropies Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS) to enhance road safety measures and adopt best practices, including a data-driven approach, to prevent traffic crashes in Bengaluru Metropolitan Region.
According to a government press release, various measures, such as enforcing laws on speeding, wearing helmets, drunk driving, building safer roads, and using data from high-quality monitoring and evaluation systems for policy and planning, will be implemented as part of the initiative.
Committed To Reducing Road Crash Fatalities
"We are excited to collaborate with the Bloomberg Philanthropies Initiative for Global Road Safety to implement global best-practice measures that can help prevent crashes and in turn save lives. We are committed to reducing road crash-related deaths and injuries, which are largely preventable, and this partnership with BIGRS is a testament to that ongoing effort," Rajender Kumar Kataria, Principal Secretary of Karnataka Transport Department said.
"The Government of Karnataka, these experts, and our citizens will work together to ensure no more lives are lost on our streets," he added. Bengaluru is one of the 30 cities that will participate in the initiative, The Hindu reported.
Kelly Larson of Bloomberg Philanthropies said that nearly 1.3 million people are killed on the world's roads every year, and by implementing proven, data-driven interventions, these deaths are preventable.
Eight Leading Cause Of Death
The release stated that traffic crashes are the eighth leading cause of death worldwide, and the leading cause of death among youth. Around 20-50 million people are seriously injured, often with permanent, debilitating injuries across the globe. In 2020, the Bengaluru Metropolitan Region recorded 2,990 fatalities as a result of such preventable road crashes.
From 2015 to 2019, BIGRS supported a global network of 10 cities and five countries to implement data-driven interventions to reduce road traffic fatalities and injuries. Bloomberg Philanthropies expanded this program in 2020 and will continue to partner with some of the largest cities of the world to improve road safety. Nearly 30 cities, including Bengaluru, and 15 countries will participate in this phase of the initiative from 2020 to 2025.
"The government is committed to transforming Bengaluru into an accident-free, crash-free region. The initiative aims to bring down accidents and fatalities through global best practices and technical support from experts across the world. I hope the initiative turns fruitful for Bangalore and Bangaloreans in days ahead," said B Sreeramulu, minister for Transport and Scheduled Tribe Welfare.