Use of cellular phones and driving vehicles under the influence of alcohol are the primary reasons for the increasing road accidents, N. Kannan, Superintendent of Police-Coimbatore Rural said.

He was speaking at the inauguration of the Road Safety and Orthopaedic Continuing Medical Education Programme of the G. Kuppusamy Naidu Memorial Hospital presided by Dr. Ramkumar Raghupathy, Dean of the Hospital.

Mr. Kannan said that when compared to vehicular population world over India accounted for only one per cent. But the rate of accidents compared to the world statistics was six per cent.

He also said that disobedience to road rules, scant regard for fellow road users, and tendency to flout rules in the absence of a constable was the reasons for accidents. Mr. Kannan also added that world over 1.2 million persons lose their lives on the road per year and on an average 3,300 persons die on the roads every day while 6,600 end up with serious injuries in road accidents.