India and the U.S. Pilot Study to Make the Yamuna Expressway Safer

During an event featuring the US Secretary of Transportation’s visit to India, the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Directorate General of Health Services, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), United States, announced today a study on road safety on the Yamuna Expressway.

The centers have developed a retrospective study examining road accidents that happened on the Yamuna expressway in 2014. The study will determine the number of accidents, their pattern, and health services provided to victims.  This retrospective study will inform a study which will examine all road traffic accidents on the Yamuna Expressway to identify the risk factors associated with road traffic accidents that cause injuries.  These risk factors will be utilized to plan interventions which will help save lives in the future.
The Yamuna expressway connects the National Capital Region of Delhi (NCR) and Agra and symbolizes infrastructural excellence in road transport. However, there have been concerns over the high accident rate on the expressway.

This pilot study will help plan for better emergency/accident management practices, by looking at carriageway and human factors, the mortality rate in accidents, and ascertaining the requirements for the pre-hospital, hospital and rehabilitative care. The results will help formulate guidelines for comprehensive prevention, control, management and rehabilitation services for road safety on expressways/highways.