17 people die on the road due to accidents every hour in the country, according to the annual report on road accidents by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.
- The annual report released by the Ministry of Road Transport shows that 1.5 lakh people lost their lives in 2018 due to road crashes.
- This is an increase of 2.4% compared to 2017 where 1.47 lakh people lost their lives.
- On average, daily, 1,280 road accidents and 415 deaths occurred in 2018.
- This means 53 crashes and 17 lives lost every hour in the country.
- In 2018, road traffic injuries constitute the eighth leading cause of death in the country.
- As per the Geneva-based World Road Federation’s World Road Statistics 2018, India is the most unsafe country in the world for road users across 199 countries.
- India is followed by China with 63,000 deaths and the U.S with 37,000 deaths.
- According to the report, 48% of the road crash deaths in 2018 involved people in the age group of 18-35 years. Minors were involved in 6.6% of the road accident deaths.
- While over-speeding accounted for 64.4% of the deaths, not following rules by driving on the wrong side accounted for 5.8% of the deaths.
- Drunken driving accounted for 2.8% and use of mobile phones accounted for 2.4% of the deaths.
- As per the report, not wearing helmets led to 43,614 deaths or 28.8% of total road accident deaths in 2018.
- Similarly, not-wearing seatbelt led to 24,435 people losing their lives in a road accident.
- Among states, Tamil Nadu with 13.7% of topped the country in the number of road accident deaths, followed by Madhya Pradesh – 11% and Uttar Pradesh – 9.1%.
- Experts are of the view that high road fatalities are seen in states that have opposed the implementation of the Motor Vehicles Amendment Act.
- They urge these state governments to implement the safety provisions of the Motor Vehicles Amendment Act, 2019.