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International Physiology

Volume  3, Issue 1, January - June 2015, Pages 69-74

 

Original Article

Pedestrian Death and Injury in Road Accidents in Kolkata in Last Decade: A Major Public Health Challenge
Mondal Prosun*, Banerjee Neepa*, Chatterjee Sandipan*, Chatterjee Surjani*, Ghosh Kuntal**, Mukherjee Shankarashis*
*Human Performance Analytics and Facilitation Unit, Dept. of Physiology, University Colleges of Science and Technology, University of Calcutta, Rashbehari Shiksha Prangan, 92, Acharya Prafulla Chandra Road, Kolkata 700 009, ** Indian Statistical Inst
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DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.21088/ip.2347.1506.3115.10

Abstract

 Every year around the globe more than 1.2 million people die in road accidents. Nearly half of the people killed are pedestrians, cyclist and bikers. The traffic accident situation in Kolkata is really alarming with significant loss of lives and vehicle damages. It is expected to continue if proper corrective measures are not taken. This paper presents the scenario of pedestrians killed in traffic accidents in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. Data on accidents were collected for the period (2005–2013). It was found that a total of 26,803 accident cases were registered with 24,807 victims among whom 16,565 were pedestrians. Therefore, some safety measures should be considered to improve the situation. These casualties will increase if action is not taken. Roads are getting more congested by different sorts of vehicles around the world. Although these vehicles support economic and social growth, it can also cause harm unless safety is considered a priority. Particularly pedestrians, cyclists and bikers are at risk. Innovations should be implemented along with enforcement of new laws to abide by traffic laws in order to save lives.

 

Corresponding Author : Mukherjee Shankarashis*