Shri Mansukh L. Mandaviya, Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways and Chemical & Fertilizer today launched the Youth Road Safety Learners Licence programme in New Delhi. The programme is a PPP initiative to be run in collaboration with Diageo India and the Institute of Road Traffic Education (IRTE) and attempts to bring a formal and structured training program for young, first-time drivers as they apply for learner’s license.
About the youth road safety learners license programme:
It is a PPP initiative to be run in collaboration with Diageo India and the Institute of Road Traffic Education (IRTE).
It attempts to bring a formal and structured training program for the young, first-time drivers as they apply for learner’s license.
It covers varied aspects of responsible driving including defensive driving, ill effects of driving under the influence of alcohol, speeding and wearing of helmets spread over two days.
In the first year, the programme will cover 20 universities with a total of 400 programmes across the country.
The programme is a part of the Union Government’s efforts to emphasize the importance of road safety, as recent times have seen an alarming rise in road fatalities, especially among the youth.
The programme will help the government achieve its target of reducing road accidents by 50 percent by 2020. It will help improve road safety awareness amongst the young adults by inculcating behavioral change and creating awareness about responsible driving habits.
India accounts for 12.5 percent (over 1.45 lakh fatalities a year) of global road accidents, with one road accident occurring every four minutes. Alarmingly, 72 percent victims involved in such road mishaps are between the age groups of 15-44 years with speeding, reckless and drunk driving being the top reason accounting for 1.5 percent of road traffic accidents and 4.6 percent of fatalities.
Some of the major factors resulting in high road accidents include rash driving, drunken driving and the lack of adequate safety measures like not wearing helmets.