More road accidents reported in Ernakulam; Deaths in TVM
Kochi: A total of 2632 deaths occurred in 25,628 road accidents within eight months in the state, as per the statistics of the police. An average of 11 deaths were reported a day in road mishaps. Kochi tops the list in the number of accidents whereas most number of deaths due to accidents were reported in Thiruvananthapuram.
Within eight months, 292 persons died in 3707 accidents that occurred in Ernakulam district with 1448 accidents reported in the city and 2259 in rural areas. 3664 accidents were reported in Thiruvananthapuram and 336 persons were killed of which 123 deaths occurred in the city and 213 deaths in the rural.
Thiruvananthapuram came second in the list with second highest number of accidents. Two wheelers and private buses are involved in most cases. About 7293 persons were killed in 55,217 accidents caused by private buses in the last 10 years.
The race between buses was the major reason behind accidents. In 15,226 accidents caused by KSRTC buses, 2635 were killed in a span of 10 years. Wayanad is the district where lowest number of accidents occurred and lowest number of deaths too reported. Only 388 accidents and 32 deaths occurred in Wayanad.
The National Transportation Planning and Research Centre (NATPAC) officials said that the number of night accidents are on the high. Though only 10-15 percent vehicles travel at night, they cause about 25 percent of accidents, as shown in studies.
NATPAC chief scientist Dr. B. G. Sreedevi said that broad roads are not constructed as per the increasing vehicle density. In spite of the awareness programmes and other missions, the number of accidents could not be reduced, she added.