India suffers the highest number of road accident deaths in the world with an average of 15 deaths recorded every hour. In the past decade, over 12 lakh people have been killed in road accidents in India and over 50 lakh have been left seriously injured or permanently disabled. An alarming number of families have fallen into poverty after losing their primary breadwinners to such accidents, also causing a 3% GDP loss in India each year.
SaveLIFE Foundation (SLF) is working to tackle this epidemic. It is committed to improving road safety and emergency medical care across India. In 2014, SLF secured a ban on trucks from carrying protruding rods, an order that is expected to save 10,000 lives per year. In the past two years, over 1,50,000 lives have been saved by 7,500 police personnel and hundreds of citizen volunteers trained by SLF in the states of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra.
SLF has also successfully advocated for a comprehensive national road safety law, expected to be introduced in the 2014 Winter Session of the Parliament.