Staff Reporter

Most of them took place between midnight and 3 a.m.

KANCHEEPURAM. State Transport Corporation buses and goods carriers topped the list of number of vehicles that are involved in road accidents during the calendar year 2006.

According to the statistics released by the District Police, a total of 426 STC buses and 443 goods carriers were involved in road accidents that were reported during last year.

On the other hand, the number of private cars and motorcycles involved in the accidents stood at 327 with respect to private motor cars / tourist cabs and 328 in respect of motorcycles.

In all 2650 road accidents were reported in the Kancheepuram Police District area during 2006, out which 625 accidents took place on the two National Highways, 629 on other district roads, 598 on State Highway roads and 595 on village roads. A majority of these accidents were reported to have taken place between midnight and 3 a.m. While a total of 807 persons were killed in road accidents, 339 persons sustained grievous injuries and 2559 suffered simple injuries.

A total of 573 cases were booked under Motor Vehicles Act for drunken driving and proposals for cancellation of driving license of 216 drivers, found guilty of drunken driving, were forwarded to the Regional Transport Department offices. However, licenses of 19 persons were only cancelled so far.

Similarly, 843 cases were booked for over speeding, 1422 cases for over loading, 806 cases for carrying goods beyond the stipulated height. Here again, proposals for cancellation of licenses of 253 drivers and cancellation of permit to 92 vehicles were forwarded to the respective RTO. But, licenses of 23 persons were only cancelled. Nearly 1500 persons were also brought to book for driving vehicles without valid licenses.

Meanwhile, talking to reporters here on Wednesday, the Superintendent of Police, A. Amalraj said that the Police Department's stern action against drunken driving had brought forth good results. The spurt in number of fatal cases during last year was primarily due to carrying more passengers over and above the seating capacity of the vehicles.

Heavy casualties were reported in the accidents that took place along the East Coast Road, he added.

One killed

John Basha (36), a passenger traveling in a bus from Mayiladuthurai to Chennai was killed and four were injured after the vehicle hit an electric post and fell on its side at around 4 a.m. on January 16.

The injured were admitted to a private hospital in Chennai.