Images of India : About 350 people die every day on India’s roads…

accidentAn Airbus A-320 carries roughly 180 passengers – the daily death toll on India’s roads is almost double that figure. Indians under 18 years constitute 11.93 percent of traffic fatalities. The toll primarily stems from rash driving, below-global-standards roads and a shunning of safety – either deliberately or through ignorance. The Road Transport Ministry told parliament that 130,000 people die in 500,000 mishaps on Indian roads every year. A World Health Organization (WHO) study said India did not meet international standards of road safety, the areas of vulnerability being over-speeding, not using helmets, not using or misusing seat-belts (mandatory for the last 28 years) and the lack of child restraints. Two-wheeler riders are clearly most vulnerable, according to 2013 WHO data. As many as 34 percent of two-wheeler users who died in accidents – nearly three times the number who died in car accidents – did not wear a helmet. India had 15 million cars in 2014, or 13 per 1,000 people. Overall, that is not a lot – Brazil had 249 cars per 1,000 people, Thailand 206, China 83 and the US 797. But the density of cars is higher in burgeoning metropolitan cities: Delhi had 157 cars per 1,000 people, Mumbai 35, Bangalore 85 and Chennai 127. 40% of India’s accidents occur from drink driving.