323 dangerous 'black spots' identified on national, state highways in Kerala 

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Thiruvananthapuram: As many as 323 corridors on national and state highways were recorded as accident-prone areas. Around 45 per cent of accidents that claimed lives have been reported in these regions, referred to as black spots.

Unscientific road construction, lack of signals, land encroachment along the roadside, careless driving, overspeeding, and drunken driving are among the major causes of accidents.

These corridors have a length varying from 2 to 12 kilometres. The Road Safety Authority has alerted that these zones are high accident prone areas. The efforts to make black spots free of accidents are progressing under the authority. The district collectors are directed to complete the proceedings within 6 months.

In 2022, Kozhikode recorded a steep hike in accidents with a 23.3 per cent increase compared to 2019. As many as 4,255 road accidents were reported in Kozhikode last year.

An increase of 21.4 per cent and 19.2 per cent has been reported in Kannur and Malappuram, respectively. Meanwhile, the number of accidents dropped by 8 per cent in Kottayam and by 1.9 per cent in Thiruvananthapuram. Wayanad and Alappuzha districts recorded the lowest accident death rates in the previous year.

As many as 4230 persons died in 43,968 accidents recorded in the state in 2022.

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