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North, east Mumbai most mishap-prone in rains: survey

July 11, 2016 12:00 am | Updated 05:39 am IST - MUMBAI:

MUMBAI, 31/08/2010:  Vehicles wade through flooded streets at Mumbai central after heavy rain on August 31, 2010.  Heavy rains at the fag end of the monsoon have lashed the city over the last three days.  
Photo:  Vivek Bendre

MUMBAI, 31/08/2010: Vehicles wade through flooded streets at Mumbai central after heavy rain on August 31, 2010. Heavy rains at the fag end of the monsoon have lashed the city over the last three days. Photo: Vivek Bendre

Dindoshi, Vikhroli and Chembur have emerged as the top three accident-prone areas of the city during the monsoon, according to a survey based on road accident data compiled between January 2014 and April 2016.

As per this survey, north and east Mumbai reported the highest number of accidents during this period, while south Mumbai contributed the least, thanks to comparatively better road conditions, driving discipline and enforcement of traffic rules.

Driving during the rains was considered as the worst scenario for driving in the city by 50 per cent of respondents who participated in this survey commissioned by General Motor’s brand Chevrolet and conducted by Nielsen and ValueNotes.

Of the 504 respondents, 35 per cent of those who had met with accidents in the last three years felt that defective road conditions like slippery roads were the main cause of accidents, while 26 per cent blamed the driver of the other vehicle.

Poor road conditions like potholes, open manholes and slippery roads were the main issues faced by respondents during the monsoon, followed by rash driving and drunk driving, the survey said.

As per data collated by Nielsen and ValueNotes, a majority of road accidents took place between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. while 40 per cent of car accidents were side-impact collisions.

Accidents involving two-wheelers had increased by 67.14 per cent over 2014 in 2015, as per the findings of the survey. There were also 569 more accidents in the city during the monsoon in 2015 as compared to 2014. Around 64 per cent of respondents found road signs and warnings inadequate during the rains.

Jack Uppal, Vice President Marketing & Customer Care, General Motors said survey the aimed to bring about awareness on road safety among drivers, passengers and pedestrians.

Traffic police have advised drivers to remain alert even on familiar routes, as potholes can develop overnight. They said Eastern and Western Express Highways are more prone to accidents during the rains.

Poor road conditions like potholes, open manholes and slippery roads were the main issues faced by respondents

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