Priyanka Dutta, Kolkata: Releasing the ‘Road Accidents in India – 2016′ report, the Road Transport and Highways Minister said while overall road accidents last year declined by 4.1 percent, the fatalities were up by 3.2 percent, meaning more than 400 people lost their lives daily on roads.
The report mentioned that as many as 17 people died in 55 road accidents per hour on average last year, with 46.3 percent of them in the 18-35 age group.While overall road accidents declined by 4.1 percent, the fatalities were up by 3.2 percent, meaning.
A total of 4,80,652 road accidents took place in India last year resulting in the loss of 1,50,785 lives and inflicting serious injuries on 4,94,624 people.The report added that the working age group of 18-60 years constituted 83.3 percent in the total road accidents.
The report says 13 states accounted for 86 percent of accidents. These are Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Telangana, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Haryana, Kerala , Rajasthan and Maharashtra. The minister said the target is to reduce the fatalities by 50 percent in next two years and Road Safety Bill pending in Parliament, if cleared in the next session, will prove to be a milestone in addressing it.
Based on the data reported by the police, drivers’ fault was the single most important factor responsible for road accidents (84 percent), killings (80.3 percent) and injuries (83.9 percent). The Minister said that road safety committees should be constituted in districts, headed by senior most MPs with Deputy Collector as Secretary, and they will look into all aspects of accidents at that level,
Indicating a slew of steps to minimise accidents, Gadkari said these included installation of crash barriers and correcting design and engineering flaws in projects besides identifying about 786 black accidents spots and steps to correct these through an expenditure of about Rs 12,000 crore.
The national highways constitute about 2 percent of the total road network of India, but they accounted for 29.6 percent of total road accidents and 34.5 percent of total number of persons killed.The state highways accounted for 25.3 percent of total accidents and 27.9 percent of the total number of persons killed in road accident in 2016.