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The number of people getting killed on city roads noticeably increased – from 150 in 2011 to 174 in 2012.

Incidentally, the total number of accidents last year stood at 1,268, one less than 2011. The figure for 2010 was 1, 497, as per records with the District Crime Records Bureau.

Of the 174 killed last year, 26 were women. However what is appalling is that accidents claimed the lives of 67 pedestrians, topping the chart of profile of victims killed. This was followed by two-wheel riders (48); pillion riders (28); passengers (12); drivers (10) and cyclists (9).

G. Sparjankumar, Commissioner of Police, Kozhikode city, said that rash and negligent driving contributed to increasing number of fatalities on arterial roads at Thondayad, Elathur, Feroke, Ramanattukara, Puthiyangadi, Arayadathupalam, and Cheruvannur.

As many as 4,019 cases were registered in the city. Of these, 2,459 related to drunken driving.

They were charged with Section 185 (driving by a drunken person or by a person under the influence of drugs) of the Motor Vehicle Act, he said.

The Commissioner said that 811 cases were registered under Section 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others); 265 cases under Section 279 (rash driving or riding on a public way), and 207 cases under Section 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Twelve cases were registered under Section 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) and 140 cases under Section 304- A (causing death by negligence) of the IPC.

As many as 1,452 persons were also injured in accident last year. The figure for 2011 was 1,389, he said.

Records showed that two-wheelers were involved in 894 cases the previous year; followed by cars (354); private buses (292) and auto rickshaws (166). The number of other type of vehicles were – KSRTC bus (48); lorry (98); tipper lorry (24); jeep (29); ambulance (6); cycle 936), utility vehicles (49) and unknown (4).

Further clarifying on this, Mr. Sparjankumar said the total number of vehicles involved had been categorized into “accused” vehicle and “victim” vehicle.

The number of different types of vehicle in victim category is KSRTC (8); private bus (29); lorry (21) tipper lorry (0); car (87); jeep (2); auto rickshaw (53); two wheeler (491); cycle (36); utility vehicle (6) and unknown (0).

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