Kerala Road Safety Authority is the lead agency in road safety activities in the state. KRSA coordinates the activities related to road safety of the stake-holding departments, other organisations and NGOs. KRSA designs and implements programmes and proposals related to road safety. KRSA does the accident analysis and supplies to user departments and agencies. It identifies accident blackspots, suggests/ recommends/ rectifies the same. It creates awareness among road users and educates on road user safety. It supports enforcement of road safety regulations. KRSA provides basic support to NATPAC for their road safety related projects. It provides support to PWD at implementation level and for infrastructure improvement. It supports police and motor vehicles Department for implementation of road safety Act, rules and regulations. Supports education department for road safety awareness campaigns, training and developing tools and materials for curriculum delivery. Supports health department to implement ambulance services, trauma care and other post-accident care activities. Does district level road safety interventions through District Road Safety Councils (DRSC) under the chairmanship of District Collectors.
The Key Activites of the Authority are mainly:
A number of agencies including PWD, Transport, Police, Health Development Authorities etc are involved in road safety related activities. Kerala Road Safety Authority (KRSA) has been entrusted with the task of coordination and management of road safety activities in the State.
The Government has identified key unsafe behavioral elements of road uses such as not using helmet/seatbelt, dangerous overtaking, over speeding, not observing central yellow marking etc. Public Safety Campaign would be launched for mass education on these issues
Accident prone locations would be identified and improved in phased manner for all important roads in the State. PWD and NATPAC would carry out “Before and After” studies for all remedial works and evaluate the effectiveness of Safety Schemes in Kerala Speed breakers, zebra lines, reflectors etc would be used wherever found necessary.
Road Safety Education would be made a part of the curriculum for enhancing road safety awareness at an early stage. The Department of Public Instruction, NATPAC, KSTP, Department of Transportation and other agencies would be involved in developing school based road safety education programmes for school children. Production of education material for school children, teacher’s guide and teacher training programmes are also to be undertaken. The provision of pedestrian subways/over bridge near schools would be made as per the need.
Police Department is one of the main stake holding agency which looks after the traffic enforcement in the State. State level and District Level interventions are carried out through State Police Chief and District Police Chief. IGP(Traffic) is also Coordinating and monitoring the activities in the State. Traffic Enforcement activity, Traffic control Measures, Signal system , Speed Control, ANPR, Surveillance Camera, Lighting blinkers etc are some of the activities carried out by Police. Following road safety projects have been implemented through Police Department.
MVD is taking care of Traffic enforcement. Helmet use, Seat Belt usage, Drunken driving, Over speed , traffic jumping etc Regional Transport Officers(RTO) as well as regional Transport Officers are taking leading role at District and Regional level. Overall supervision and monitoring is done by the Transport Commissioner. “Safe Sabarimla” a project to reduce accidents and fatalities to Sabarimala pilgrims is implemented by MVD during the previous season. The following road Safety Programs and tasks were implemented through MVD.
Engineering part is taken care by PWD . Road development is done by PWD in accordance with IRC standards in order to reduce accidents and enhance safety. Sign boards , destination boards, caution boards, speed calming measures, studs, road markings are well taken care by PWD in Highways as well as other strategically important roads. Kerala State Transport Project (KSTP) is an initiative of PWD with World Bank assistance. KSTP started in the year 2013 and expected to be completed by March 2019. Kerala Road Fund Board(KRFB) and LSGD is the other stakeholders to PWD with respect to different categories of roads in the State are concerned. The following road Safety Programs and tasks were implemented through PWD.
Education or Awareness program is done through this staking Department. Inclusion of Road safety topic in the curriculum of School Children is also their agenda.The tasks expected from Education Department include conducting Road Safety Awareness Program in Schools as well as Preparation of Road Safety education content to be included as part of School Curriculum. The following road Safety Programs and tasks were implemented through Education Department.
NATPAC has been tasked to carry out Road Safety Awareness programs and impart training to various target groups. In addition it has undertaken programs in Road safety area over the years. Following are the scope of work expected from NATPAC