Shillong, Oct 12: Meghalaya government on Tuesday launched the IRAD (Integrated Road Accident Database) with an aim to enhance road safety and reduce accidents. IRAD is a World Bank funded project, and executed under the Ministry of Road Transport and Highway, Government of India and implemented by NICSI and IIT Madras.Launching the IRAD, Meghalaya Chief Secretary R V Suchiang said in view of the rising numbers of deaths due to road accidents across the country, the Supreme Court has issued specific directions to all state governments to bring down the rate of road accidents. Adding that the launch of IRAD will go a long way in addressing the issue of road safety, she stressed on the need for speedy rectification of identified problem areas which causes accidents. Reiterating the importance of adhering to road safety rules, she stressed on the importance of awareness campaigns and also urged drivers, particularly the youth to acquaint themselves with traffic rules and signs and also to follow rules.
IRAD is a comprehensive web-based Information Technology (IT) solution which will enable various agencies such as the Police, Public Works Department (PWDs), Health, Highway etc. to enter details on a road accident from different perspectives such as investigation, road engineering, vehicle condition etc, with the aim of analyzing causes of crashes and in devising safety interventions to reduce such accidents.