The research identified that every day 24,012 patients in India die due to delay in getting medical help in the Golden Hour. The study concluded that two out of ten patients in Ambulances die before reaching the hospital. The team at RADHEE always believe that while addressing an issue, one should always consider associated issues and activities connected to it. Give Way to Ambulance project not only helps the trauma patients but also helps to save the life of any medical emergency patients.
“Give Way to Ambulance” project was launched by Commissioner of Police, Mr. Rakesh Maria, and promoted by eminent celebrities like Ms. Rani Mukherjee. The project was extended to the whole of Maharashtra as Golden Hour – Emergency Medical Services (EMS) with an objective to reduce the deaths in Ambulance by 50% in 2022.
Speeding ambulances save a life, promote early recovery, and reduce the burden on health care infrastructure. Along with speeding Ambulance, RADHEE identified the need for trained ambulance driver and paramedics and ambulance categorization and equipment as per the type of Ambulance and started working on it, and the result was AIS-125 National Ambulance Code.
- Creation of 1st green corridor for the heart transplant took place in June 2014
- In June 2014, Maharashtra Transport Department introduced Government Resolution to add Give Way to Ambulance Project in the Road Safety program.
- The project was launched on 20th September 2014 with Mumbai Police after policy change with the Transport Department of Maharashtra.
- Through step by step planning entire Maharashtra was enrolled to promote this project
- A penalty was included in the Motor Vehicle Act 2019 for the offender not giving way to Emergency Vehicle to be penalized for Rs. 10,000/- or six-month imprisonment or both.
- MORTH added categorization (category A, B, C, D) of ambulances in the Vahan portal as per the equipment in the Ambulance
- 30% reduction in the number of deaths in the Ambulance as people have started giving way to the ambulances
- 3% reduction of road accidents, where one of the cause is drivers have been giving way to Ambulance
- Post project implementation, our assessment In Mumbai, Thane, and Navi Mumbai indicates that more than 50% of drivers are actively giving way to the Ambulance
- This project is expanded to pan India initiative
For the sustainability and far reach of the project, RADHEE collaborated with many stakeholders.
Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai, Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation, Thane Municipal Corporation, Kalyan-Dombivali Municipal Corporation, Ulhas Nagar Municipal Corporation, Bhiwandi Municipal Corporation, Mira-Bhayandar Municipal Corporation,
Maharashtra Police, Mumbai Police and its traffic wing, Navi Mumbai Police and its traffic wing, Thane Police, Thane Traffic Police, Highway Police, Thane Rural Police, and Palghar Police
Government Department & Agencies
Transport Dept – GoM, Public Work Dept – GoM, Maharashtra State Regional Transport Corporation (MSTRC), BEST undertaking, NMMT Undertaking, Thane Collector, and Thane Mahanagar Transport
Ambulance Operators, Toll Naka Operators, Goods Transport Association, Auto-Taxi Association, Driving Schools, School Bus Association, Transport Association, Taxi Union, Autorickshaw Union, Tempo Union, and Goods Carrier Union
JN Port Trust, Giant International, Rotary Club Lions Club, NGO’s, CBO’s, Corporate Organizations and Media Houses
Press conference, Social Media, Articles in Magazines, TV Interviews, and Radio Announcements
“Give way to Ambulance – Move Left, Drive Slow” – IEC material was developed in various formats to enroll the citizen. In Public awareness meetings, people pledged to give way to the Ambulance. They were explained how to speed up the ambulances by providing a uniform message to all drivers, to move to the left, and empty the right lane for the speeding Ambulance.
Ganpati Festival 2015: 1800 Ganpati Mandal displayed awareness banners for Give way to Ambulance in Ganpati Pandal. 5,000+ Ganpati Mandal were briefed during the meeting with Police.
Inclusion in Road Safety Topic: “Give way to Emergency Vehicle, Move Left, Drive Slow” topic was included in the Road Safety week
Helpline for Ambulance Operators: Dedicated helpline number was implemented by Traffic Police for ambulance drivers to coordinate patient pickup and hospital routes. Dedicated number ensures that it is never busy and always available to the ambulance operator for a quick response.
Ganpati Festival 2016: Director General of Police, Maharashtra declared the theme of Ganpati Festival as Give Way to Ambulance – Move Left, Drive Slow, and entire Maharashtra Police did awareness for it
Petrol Pumps: 4500 petrol pumps of Maharashtra started displaying awareness banner from 28th December 2016
Navratri Mandal: Enrolled 8 Navratri Mandal to give a small speech of awareness to devotees
Masjid: During Eid, 22 Masjid displayed Give way to Ambulance banner inside the Masjid.
Students Rally: 20 rallies with the help of school students in different parts of the city
Corporates and NGOs: Enrolled many corporate organizations and NGOs to send the picture emailer to their staff and business associates
Project Initiative in Karnataka
A case study was prepared for the execution activities and success in the state of Maharashtra. Based on the learnings, the implementation plan was developed to cover the whole of the Karnataka state. Under the chairmanship of ACS – Home, a committee is formed of DG Karnataka, Principal Secretary Health, and Principal Secretary Transport to develop the policy, sustainable action plan, and awareness drive.
Other State Activities
- NGO’s and Corporate Organizations working on Road Safety Project in other states were enrolled to add Give way to Ambulance in their Road Safety activities.
- IEC material, presentation, and virtual training was done with NGO’s, Corporate Organizations, and their staff
Project Activities Across India
- As soon as the penalty was added in the new MV Act 2018, every state picked up the project as a part of Road Safety, and many states downloaded the IEC material.
- Support from the Maharashtra Police and Transport Department made the entire project successful in taking it across India and addition of penalty in the MV Act 2018
What You can Do?
Promote the message – Give way to Ambulance – Move Left, Drive Slow, so Ambulance and other emergency vehicles can speed up through the right lane. Explain all driver and people how ambulance can speed up in congested traffic.
- Whenever you hear the siren of any emergency vehicle (ambulance, fire brigade, or police vehicle) all vehicles should give a left signal
- Left lane vehicle should slow down to make space for the right lane vehicle to safely come to the left lane, leaving the right lane free to speed up the ambulance
A standard message will reduce the confusion and ensure that ambulance and other emergency vehicles are speeding to save lives and reach for rescue operations.