ROAD SAFETY ISSUES OF HILL ROADS IN INDIA – EXPERIENCES OF ROAD SAFETY AUDITING (Paper 792)
Road Safety in hilly terrain is a big challenge because of restricted geometrics and the aspirations of the travelers in high speed vehicles. The share of accidents of hill states in India is around 4 percent of the total road accidents per annum. Again in the states like Uttarakhand and Mizoram situated in steep hills the severity rate of accidents is very high, Uttarakhand accident severity is almost twice that of National average of 29. Mizoram has registered a severity rate of above 100.This is mainly due to steep hills with roads located on deep and steep valley slopes.As a part
of the ADB funded projects Road Safety Audit was undertaken on a few of the project roads.This paper attempts to illustrate the safety issues of the roads located in the hills of India.