Andhra Pradesh

Majority of road accident victims are 2-wheeler drivers

Measures to improve road safety are going to be discussed at a workshop to be held in Visakhapatnam.

Measures to improve road safety are going to be discussed at a workshop to be held in Visakhapatnam.  

Situation alarming in State, especially in Srikakulam, Vizianagaram dts.

The majority of the victims in the road accidents in Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts are two-wheeler drivers, thanks to lack of awareness about the road usage and safety measures. The situation is alarming in other districts too, according to a study done by the Andhra Pradesh Transport department.

The department is expected to submit a detailed report to the Union Minister for Road Transport Nitin Gadkari during a national workshop on Road Safety on August 19 and 20 in Visakhapatnam. Eminent speakers from all over the world, including New Zealand, will help India in ensuring road safety and minimising the accidents in all the States.

Officers collecting data

Officials of the police and transport departments are busy in collecting the data of road accidents, reasons for the accidents and the necessary steps to prevent those accidents in future.

According to the latest data, the number of accidents is increasing every year in Andhra Pradesh. As many as 15,500 deaths in 42,000 road accidents have been reported in bifurcated Andhra Pradesh. As many as 3,500 deaths are being reported every year in these two districts, thanks to the unprecedented road accidents on the national highway connecting Chennai and Kolkata. It has been observed that over 2,600 persons involved in those accidents are two-wheeler drivers.

Heartening trend

Srikakulam has a 192-km long stretch of highway and Vizianagaram shares highways from Rajapulova junction to Pusapati Rega mandal. Vizianagaram shares other highways which provide connectivity with Odisha and Chhattisgarh. Vizianagaram incharge RTO and media committee member of the workshop Durga Prasad said that the road accidents as far as four-wheelers, including buses and cars, came down drastically. “Unfortunately, many two-wheeler drivers have become victims in accidents. Ignoring helmet rule and other road safety measures is the root cause for immediate deaths,” he added.

According to him, many two-wheeler drivers remove the rear view mirrors and drive the vehicles in the middle of the road, particularly on the national highway.

Some of them listen to the music while wearing helmets which prevents them from hearing the horn blown by other vehicles. “The government will take up road safety training programmes in all schools and colleges. It will create awareness among the youngsters about the importance of road safety measures,” he added.

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