Cricketing greats including Sachin Tendulkar and West Indies’ Brian Lara are expected to feature in the Road Safety World Series.
Former Sri Lankan batsman Tilakratne Dilshan and South African Jonty Rhodes, best remembered for his ‘flying’ run-out of former Pakistan skipper Inzamam Ul Haq in the 1992 World Cup, may also feature in the T20 tournament.
The Road Safety World Series will be an annual T20 affair between legends of five cricket-playing nations, during which cricketers will spread the message of road safety.
The inaugural edition of the league, promoted by `Shant Bharat Surakshit Bharat’, an organisation working with the Road Transport department of Maharashtra government, will be held in February 2020.
Road accidents and India
In the year 2016, as many as 4,80,652 road accidents were reported
In the year 2015-16, total of 4,94,624 persons were injured
The year 2016 saw 1,50,785 accidental deaths in the country
Road accidents and Maharashtra
In the year 2017, Maharashtra has witnessed 35,853 accidents, and over 12,000 people have lost their lives, of which 2,789 deaths occurred in rural areas.
More than 20,000 passengers have been severely injured in these accidents.
In the first three months of 2018, from January to March – 9,243 accidents have occurred, killing 3,361 people.
Statistics on road accidents
There is one death every four minutes due to a road accident in India.
Drunken driving is one of the leading causes of road fatalities.
One serious road accident in the country occurs every minute and 16 die on Indian roads every hour.
Source: National Crime Records Bureau, Ministry of Road Transport & Highway, Law commission of India, Global status report on road safety 2013