IIT Madras, Tamil Nadu government to collaborate on road safety

IIT Madras Centre of Excellence for Road Safety has partnered with Tamil Nadu government Special Task Force, Road Safety.


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Vagisha Kaushik | July 29, 2022 | 01:27 PM IST

NEW DELHI: Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras will collaborate with the Government of Tamil Nadu to implement a scientific enforcement approach to road safety. TN Special Task Force, Road Safety and the Centre of Excellence for Road Safety (CoERS), IIT Madras signed an agreement on the collaboration recently.

The key outcomes targeted from this collaboration include:

  • Conduct forensic accident audits at identified crash spots and develop a comprehensive and scientific crash investigation taking into factor the Human, Vehicle and Road Environment.
  • Submit a detailed crash investigation report covering all aspects of safety and recommendations for the hotspots for prevention of accidents along with photographs.
  • Design framework for conducting empirical ground studies, identification of gaps in data collection and provide a structured methodology for data collection and analysis
  • Provide recommendations on data-driven process improvements in enforcement strategies.
  • Perform scientific evaluation of the impact of interventions implemented.
  • Create a comprehensive standard operating procedure (SOP) for effective traffic enforcement.

Marking the beginning of this partnership, Dr C Sylendra Babu, IPS, Director General of Police, Tamil Nadu, said, “It is important to understand the socio-economic burden of road accidents on society and family due to young students and breadwinners losing their lives. The adoption of a scientific approach to road safety is a must.”

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Speaking on the association, Professor V Kamakoti, Director, IIT Madras, said, “IIT Madras is extremely happy to collaborate with Tamil Nadu Police on the most important topic of road safety. Leveraging the technical and robust field level experience of Tamil Nadu Police along with a large amount of data available with them we have no doubt that a very robust and comprehensive road safety framework will be developed through this interaction at the shortest possible time.”

Congratulating IIT Madras for being proactive, Vinit Wankhede, Additional Director General of Police and Chairperson, Special Task Force on Road Safety (STF–RS), Tamil Nadu, said, “Road safety is always effective only if safe roads and safe users complement each other (Road Safety = Safe Roads + Safe Users). Scientific Enforcement along with Road User Education contribute towards safe user We want to maximise the impact of cases we book by scientifically identifying strategies which work and which don't and also deploying the right technology in right manner.

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