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Marginal decrease in road fatalities in last one year; around 400 die every day on Indian roads

Marginal decrease in road fatalities in last one year; around 400 die every day on Indian roads

Kolkata, Oct 10 (UNI) Road accidents in India have marginally declined by 3.3 per cent to 464,910 from 480,652 in 2016 taking the number of people killed in road traffic crashes from 150,785 in 2016 to 147,913 in 2017.

Road traffic injuries constitute the 8th leading causes of death in India in 2016 and are the leading cause of health loss among young men of age 15-49 years.

According to Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways (MoRTH) annual report, on an average around 1,273 accidents and 405 deaths took place daily on Indian roads in last one year, which translates into 53 accidents and loss of 17 lives every hour.

The annual accident Report of 2017 also reveals that out of the total 148,913 people killed in road crash deaths in 2017, 49.9 per cent were the youth of 18 to 35 years and children of less than 18 years age group involved in road crash deaths were 6.5 per cent.Among the road deaths victims, 127,787 (86.4 per cent) were male and 20,047 (13.6 per cent) were female.

Among the States, highest road fatalities were observed In Uttar Pradesh (20,124) followed by Tamil Nadu (16,157), Maharashtra (12,264) and Karnataka (10,609).

Among the cities, Chennai recorded highest number of road accidents at 7257 followed by Delhi (6673), Indore (4513), Jabalpur (3303), Mumbai (3160), Kolkata (3131), and Jaipur (2983). On the other side, Delhi had the highest number of road crash deaths at 1565 followed by Chennai (1264), Jaipur (753), Bengaluru (616), Kanpur (608), Lucknow (581), Mumbai (467), and Agra (379).

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