Concern over high incidence of road accidents
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Last Updated: Tuesday, September 07, 2010, 18:38
New Delhi: India, which recorded the highest number of deaths in road accidents in the world in 2009, can bring down such casualties if a strict vigil is kept against speeding, drunken driving and talking on cell phone while driving, suggest trauma care experts here.

"Nearly 300 people die every day and more than 5,000 people are seriously injured. In India there is a vehicular crash every three minutes and a death every six minutes," Dr B K Rao, Chairman Sir Ganga Ram hospital, said while addressing the 23rd International Trauma Care conference being held in the city here.

Citing the Global Status Report on Road Safety published by World Health Organisation, Dr S K Malhotra, professor, department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh said, the country recorded the maximum deaths due to road traffic accidents last year.

"These accidents have a dramatic impact on the health of the nation. Many patients can be saved or suffer less disability if the time to achieve definitive care of their injuries can be minimised," he said and rued that research in trauma care had not attracted the desired interest so far.

"The prevention solution for a road traffic accident is restraining speed, alcohol consumption, talking over the mobile phone while driving. People should also wear helmets and put on their seat belts," he said.


First Published: Tuesday, September 07, 2010, 18:38

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