India accounts for more than 200,000 deaths because of road accidents, according to the Global Road Safety Report, 2015 released by the World Health Organisation (WHO). India’s daily death toll due to road accidents is more than four times the annual death toll from terrorism. The majority of these deaths, nearly three-fourths, have been termed as ‘fault of the driver’, a catch-all term that includes speeding, drink driving, driving on wrong side of the road and not signalling properly. Last year witnessed 17% rise in number of road accident cases in Navi Mumbai as per RTO information where motorcycle accidents are increasing rapidly. Considering increased number of road accidents Sterling Wockhardt Hospital Vashi has conducted Road safety drive through Street Play this week from 15th May to 20th May 2016. This Street plays has conducted in Vashi near In Orbit mall, Raghuleela mall, Vashi railway station premises, Vashi mini seashore, Vashi Bus Depot and sector 6. More than 3000 people attended this street plays in Vashi.
Explaining Road safety drive , Dr. Mehul Kalawadia Centre Head, Sterling Wockhardt Hospital, Vashi said, “The population of Navi Mumbai is increasing at an exponential rate, as is the number of vehicles also increasing specially two wheelers road accidents in Palm Beach road and Sion Panvel highway. Though this street plays we tried to make awareness among people about helmet & seat belt importance, following Signal and at the same time if accident occurs on the road how injured person to take in shadow and feeding them water, how to clean their wounds or placing them in safe position and most importantly admit him or her to nearest hospital without wasting time. After accident most of the people waste their time for clicking pictures from mobile or quarrel at the spot which is more dangerous for injured person and sometime it convert into casualty. Wockhardt Hospital are going to conduct such road safety street plays in all over Navi Mumbai in near future.”
As India’s economy grows, so will the number of two-wheelers – and safety issues will have to be tackled. Wearing a helmet can reduce the risk of severe injury by 72% and the risk of death by 39%, according to the World Health Organisation.