India’s official numbers downplay traffic injuries and deaths, especially among pedestrians and cyclists, according to new research published in BMJ.
The researchers believe that pedestrian deaths could be double the current estimate of 9% of traffic deaths. The rate approximates 40% in other low- and middle-income countries.
That’s bad news for planners, who need reliable data to accurately direct road safety programs. The researchers warn against using the country’s road safety data until the Indian National Crime Records Bureau corrects its methods.