Abhay Damle, Joint Secretary (Transport) Delhi, while addressing school students on road safety stated that Indian roads were the deadliest. Fatalities due to road accidents across India were the highest till date last year.
In 2015 with a total number as high as 1.46 lakh. This equated to 400 deaths each day or 1 death each 3.6 minute. There was a 5% increase in fatalities in 2015 over that accounted for in 2014.
A per data received, Uttar Pradesh recorded the highest number of fatalities in road accidents. This was followed by Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Rajasthan. While larger states noted a marked increase in fatalities due to road accidents, the number declined in both Delhi and Chandigarh while Assam also saw decline in road accident related deaths compared to that experienced in 2014.
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All efforts taken by both central and state government to curb the rising incidents of road accidents have had little impact. New measures are being introduced to curb crashes and fatalities but it seems to be failing. Stronger laws, better enforcement and higher fines for breaking traffic regulations seems to be the need of the hour.
If each driver was wary of practicing of safe driving skills, obeyed traffic rules, was completely attentive on the road while driving, and was continuously aware of other drivers while practicing a sense of caution while behind the wheel it would go a long way to help bring down road accidents and fatalities to a large extent.
via Times of India