16572 road crashes kill 2708 in 3 years

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Srinagar: In less than three years, 2708 persons lost their lives in 16572 road accidents while 23,245 people received injuries in Jammu and Kashmir, the government said on Monday.

Though the state authorities claim that the number of traffic accidents in Jammu and Kashmir has decreased since the year 2012, the details maintained that 6709 road accidents have taken place in the year 2012 that has killed 1165 persons and has injured 9755 across the state.

According to the official data the state government’s minister for transport replied to the query of S. Dharambir Singh Oberoi, member of legislative council wherein the MLC had asked the state government whether the number of road accidents had increased over the last few years because of the negligent driving.

The state government through its written reply stated that no separate data on the number of road accidents due to the negligent driving is being maintained.  The government said that however, the figures of the last three years 2012, 2013 and 2014 (upto July due to negligent driving) show that number of road accidents has shown a considerable decrease.

The state government has said that in 2012, 6709 accidents took place while as 1165 persons were killed and 9755 injured during that year.

The state government informed further that in the year 2013, 6469 road accidents have taken place and 990 persons were killed while as 8681 persons were injured. Upto July, 2014, the figures informed that 3394 road accidents have been reported and 553 persons were killed while as 4809 persons were injured.

 Meanwhile when contacted Inspector General of Police for Traffic, Muneer Khan said that negligent driving was one of the reason of the road accidents in the state and that as per analysis, 70 percent of the road accidents happen due to human errors like negligent driving, usage of mobile phones that distract the driver. He maintained further that another reason for the accidents was bad condition of the roads and third reason is the holistic weather conditions and slippery roads in far flung areas. “Also fatigue is another reason. the driver leaves from Srinagar at 4 in the morning, reaches Jammu at 2 in the day and again moves for Srinagar so that he could earn. Fatigue is natural in these cases and that is the reason that we have asked the state authorities to establish rest and recoup centers on various highways so that accidents could be avoided.” 

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