National Road Safety Week, 11-17 January

National Road Safety Week, 11-17 January

Every year, the National Road Safety Week is celebrated from January 11 to 17. Road Safety Week is organized by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways to spread awareness around road safety, which is a major concern for authorities as well as the government.

The National Road Safety Week was celebrated for the first time in 1989 to raise public awareness about traffic rules. During the Road Safety Week, a variety of activities will be organized across the country. Competitions are also organized on MyGov Platform


With millions of lives endangered worldwide, road traffic accidents (RTA) rank alarmingly high in the recent trends of pressing social issues. Approximately 328 lives are lost daily, much of which could have been prevented with timely rescue and intervention. Despite the innumerable road safety campaigns and awareness drives, India still ranks first in the number of road accident deaths across 199 countries and accounts for almost 11% of all accident-related deaths in the world. Despite global stagnancy and uncertainty owing to the Covid-19 pandemic and consequent lockdown, road accidents have managed to claim 29,415 lives just between March and June, with an additional 51970 casualties. Clearly, road safety continues to be a major developmental and public health concern, acting as a leading cause of death and injuries worldwide.

To improve safety and reduce road crash casualties, the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRT&H) has entrusted the Indian Road Safety Campaign (a non-profit organization) to lead road safety activities aimed at upping grassroot level citizen involvement in road safety measures across the nation.

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