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Thiruvananthapuram: Unidentified vehicles have claimed 1,234 lives in Kerala in the last 4 years. Such vehicles have caused serious injuries to 9,036 people. As the vehicles are yet to be identified, the victims and their kin are yet to receive compensation or solatium.
Statistics provided by the Crime Records Bureau stated that vehicles that caused the accident are yet to be identified in 11,385 cases between 2017 and 2020. During 2010-2017, only 877 people had died in similar accidents.
Most of the accident victims are pedestrians and two-wheeler riders. Most of the accidents have taken place at night. Police said that lack of surveillance cameras was the reason why they are unable to identify the vehicles that cause accidents.
Even though there are surveillance cameras at all major junctions, they are not powerful enough to capture the number plates of vehicles due to the bright headlights of vehicles.
The only solution is to set up advanced cameras that can capture the number plates of vehicles. The Motor Vehicles Department is setting up such cameras as part of Safe Kerala project.