Overspeeding a major cause of road accidents

26 less deaths till Sept. this year compared to 2018: police

October 14, 2019 12:51 am | Updated 12:51 am IST - Hyderabad

Overspeeding was responsible for 116 fatal road accidents in the State capital during the first nine months of this year, while 12 were caused by drunk drivers.

Till the end of September last year, lives lost in the accidents was 232 and the figure came down to 206 for the corresponding period this year.

“This indicates that 26 less deaths were reported till September this year vis-a-vis the same period in 2018,” said Hyderabad Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Anil Kumar, adding that the number had come down by 11%.

According to the data provided by Mr. Kumar, the number of fatal accidents in the city had also seen a steep decline of 13% compared to last year.

“While 225 fatal accidents took place in 2018, the number had came down to 196,” he said. Meanwhile, the city witnessed 17% dip in death of pedestrians this year. In 2018, the number of people killed was 96 people, while it was 80 this year, he said.

Mr. Kumar said that a massive crackdown on drunk driving, overspeeding, minor driving and other traffic violations by motorists contributed in a major way to drop in the fatalities.

Traffic police identify the black spots and other accident-prone areas to bring down road accidents.

Accordingly, 80 such black spots were identified after analysing last year’s accident report and various measures were initiated to curb the accidents, the officer added.

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