Shillong: The Meghalaya government on Tuesday rolled out a mobile and web application for integrated road accident database (IRAD) that will help in analysing causes of road crashes and in devising safety interventions to reduce such accidents in the State.
The IRAD mobile application will enable Police, Public Works Department (PWDs), Health, Highway etc to enter details about a road accident, along with photos and videos, following which a unique ID will be created for the incident.
The IT tool has been developed by the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras (IIT-M) and executed by the National Informatics Centre with the support of World Bank.
Launching the app, Chief Secretary Rebecca Vanessa Suchiang said the IT application will go a long way in addressing the issue of road safety and rectify the identified problem areas which causes accidents.
Reiterating the importance of adhering to road safety rules, Suchiang stressed on the importance of awareness campaigns and also urged drivers, particularly the youth to acquaint themselves with traffic rules and signs.
Stating that Meghalaya registers accidents cases on a daily basis, which accounts for nearly 180 deaths annually, Additional Director General of Police Heimonlang Nongpluh, expressed optimism that with the launch of IRAD, the information collected from all stakeholders will help mitigate preventable accidents.
Stressing on the important role played by the Police as first responders in cases of accidents, Nongpluh urged upon them to perform their duty with responsibility.
The district police chiefs of the State also participated in the launching programme of IRAD via video- conferencing.