India has a relatively low level of motorization as compared to developed countries, and yet accounts for 10 percent of the global road traffic crash fatalities (Photo Credit: Neha Mungekar/WRI India)
On 20 May 2015, over 50 participants — including road safety experts, urban planners, research think thanks and media houses from India, USA, Colombia, Mexico, UK, Brazil, Belgium, Canada and Namibia —engaged in a global conversation about Road Safety on Twitter following the Third UN Road Safety Week (May 4 – 10). The hashtag #ThinkSafety was used for over 700 tweets and had a potential reach of 1.9 million.
WRI India posted 6 questions in a span of 60 minutes. These questions were based on road design, challenges of road safety, motorcycle safety, policy changes, and international best practices. Here are some of the top tweets, quotes, and comments that came from the participants during the tweetchat.
Q1: What policy changes would you like to see to make India's roads safer?
Design streets so that there are more people using it,especially women. Research has shown that well used streets are safer.l.#ThinkSafety— Kalpana Viswanath (@SafetipinApp) May 20, 2015
Design of roads should match the desired speed of the road, at safe levels for pedestrians #ThinkSafety— Ben Welle (@Benj_WDC) May 20, 2015
Q2: What is the most crucial aspect of vehicle safety, with respect to all road users, both inside and outside the vehicle?
Safety assessments should be carried out systematically & routinely for the entire road network, not just certain projects #ThinkSafety— Divya Kottadiel (@dkottadiel) May 20, 2015
**Q3: What role does road design play in safety? **
A3. Good road design reduces chances of crash / fatality when driver makes an error. Safe Systems Approach. #Thinksafety— Anirban Ghosh (@Anirban007) May 20, 2015
Q4: What are the key issues for motorcycle safety?
A4 14 years olds must not be racing on motorcycles on the streets. Better law enforcement is much needed! #ThinkSafety— Zainab Kakal (@zainabkakal) May 20, 2015
#ThinkSafety A4. Helmets, helmets & helmets...and also control speed. Did I say helmets?— Binoy Mascarenhas (@binoymas) May 20, 2015
Q5: What is meant by the multi-factor nature of accidents? How does this influence crash investigation?
#ThinkSafety A5: Road design elements are also responsible, only driver can’t be held responsible, Even pedestrian sometimes— Kaustubh (@kaustubhchuke) May 20, 2015
#Thinksafety A5. In the absence of expertise of managing a multi-factor situation all accidents get attributed to driver error!— Anirban Ghosh (@Anirban007) May 20, 2015
Q6: What are some of the safety best practices that have been proven successful internationally?
Other countries adopting safe system approach: Korea, Ghana, U.S., Denmark, New Zealand and cities such as nyc #ThinkSafety— Ben Welle (@Benj_WDC) May 20, 2015
Check out our prezi with the highlights from the discussion here.