News: Ministry of Road and Transport Highways has organized a training programme for the implementation of the Integrated Road Accident Database Project(iRAD).
- Integrated Road Accident Database Project(iRAD): It is a central accident database management system that will help in analysing causes of road crashes and in devising safety interventions to reduce such accidents in the country.
- Developed by: It has been developed by the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras (IIT-M) and will be implemented by the National Informatics Centre.The project is being supported by the World Bank.
- Implementation: The system will be first piloted in the six States with highest fatalities from road crashes — Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh.
- The IRAD mobile application enables police personnel to enter details about a road accident along with photos and videos, following which a unique ID will be created for the incident.
- Subsequently, an engineer from the Public Works Department or the local body will receive an alert on his mobile device.He or she will then visit the accident site, examine it and feed the required details, such as the road design.
- Data thus collected will be analysed by a team at IIT-M which will then suggest if corrective measures in road design need to be taken.