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Saturday, 18 July 2020

Rash driving to blame for 92% accidents in 2019

Amit Sharma

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 17

Rash driving was the root cause behind 92 per cent of the road accidents reported from the city during 2019. Of the 305 accidents, 282 were caused due to rash driving. Meanwhile, 104 accident deaths were reported of which a majority were of two-wheeler riders and pedestrians.

According to a report of the Road Crash Analysis Cell, rash driving led to 282 road accidents, which works out to 92 per cent of the road accidents, followed by 12 accidents due to red light jumping, which works out to 4 per cent, eight accidents due to drunken driving and three due to wrong side driving, which work out to 3 per cent and 1 per cent, respectively.

The report further reveals that two-wheeler riders and pedestrians are at maximum risk on city roads as these two comprised a majority of the road accident deaths reported from Chandigarh during 2019.

According to the report, 46 two-wheeler riders died in road accidents, which comprises 44.23 per cent of total accident deaths. Meanwhile, with 36 deaths, pedestrians accounted for 34.61 per cent of the deaths and 9.61 per cent were cyclists with 10 deaths.

Of the 104 deaths, 84 were male and 20 female. Among 275 people injured, 216 were male and 59 female.

The analysis of the Road Crash Analysis Cell further reveals that among those killed, the maximum (25.96 per cent) belonged to the age group of 25 to 30 years, followed by 18.26 per cent each belonging to the age groups of 35 to 45 and 45 to 60 years, while 15.38 per cent, 13.46 per cent and 8.65 per cent belonged to the age groups of 60 and above, 18 to 25 and below 18 years, respectively.

More deaths than 2018

The road accident deaths went up in 2019 as compared to 2018. While 104 road accident deaths were reported in 2019, the number was 98 during the previous year.

from The Tribune

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