Chennai tops list in road mishaps

By NT Bureau Published on Nov 10, 2017 02:53 PM IST

Chennai has recorded the highest number of road accidents and mortality rate during 2016, says the data released by The Indian Road Transport Department recently.

Chennai topped the city-wise list with 7,486 accidents followed by Delhi 7,375 during the period. As far the State-wise statistics is concerned, Uttar Pradesh tops with 12.8 per cent accidents followed by Tamilnadu which has 11.4 per cent.

In Tamilnadu, alone 17,218 deaths took place due to road accidents in 2016. Overspeed caused 66.5 per cent death, mobile phone usage and drugs caused 61 per cent of death.

The data revealed that 4.80 lakh accidents took place in the country leading to 1.50 lakh death. On an average 55 accidents and 17 deaths happened every hour. Everyday, 1,317 accidents took place with 413 deaths.

Meanwhile, the Central Ministry of Road Transport and Highways ordered the Tamilnadu Road Transport Authority to control the accident rate in the State.

The State government on its part has implemented strict rules against   traffic violators, where around 40,294 licences were cancelled in recent period.

Transport officials are positive that the accident rates have reduced and are expecting that it will come down even more.

According to officials, the highest number of accidents are caused by motorcycles with 22.85 per cent, heavy vehicles - 19.75 per cent and 15.68 per cent due to buses.

‘The statistics revealed that 53 per cent of the people affected are between the age group of 20 to 45 year old.  Driver’s carelessness and negligence of road rules are major cause of road accidents,’ the officials added.

The officials further said traffic police and transport officials are involved in creating awareness to educate people on the importance of following traffic rules. ‘These awareness has paid off as the accident rates have come down significantly,’ they said.

 In numbers
In Tamilnadu (2017 till Sept)

Total accidents - 50,024

Death - 12,712

Injured - 4,967


The scenario in State
Year          Accidents       Death

2011           19,492           3,862

2012           21,947           4,466

2013           22,496           4,467

2014           24,008           4,707

2015           25,147           4,887

2016           27,815           5,666


(till Sep)     19,237           4,291


Two-wheeler licence  norms to be made strict
State Transport Commissioner Dayanand Kataria has released a notification to refine the norms for issuing two wheeler licences. He has asked two wheeler sellers and RTO officials to create awareness on safety aspect.

The Commissioner has directed the RTO officials to come up with  documentary film regarding road safety rules, vehicle handling and preventing deaths.

‘Road safety centres with televisions have to be set up in showrooms to create awareness by showing the documentary film. Every person applying for license have to attend the training in these centers, following this a recommendation letter have to be attached while sending documents to RTO for licence. Regional transport officials will inspect the centres, ‘ he said.