Kerala

Fatalities down, but accidents up

Enforcement of rules results in the dip

Fatalities in the road corridors of the State came down by 15.7% in January this year, but road accidents went up by 2.8% when compared to the corresponding period in 2019.

The number of fatalities in January 2019 was 459, but this came down to 387 in January 2020. The number of road accidents in January 2019 was 3,886 and this went up to 3,995 in January 2020 as per the road accident statistics released by the Kerala Road Safety Authority.

Penalty effect

Increasing the penalty for offences, enforcing headgear for motorcyclists and pillion riders and stern enforcement measures by the police and Motor Vehicles Department have contributed to the dip in fatalities. “Compliance level by motorists has also gone up and this is reflected in the figures,” Road Safety Commissioner, KRSA, N. Shanker Reddy told The Hindu.

The dip is the highest in Pathanamthitta district with deaths coming down from 22 in January 2019 to 9 in January 2020 (-59.1%), followed by Alappuzha (-41.3%) where the deaths came down from 46 to 27. Idukki registered a decline by -34.2% with deaths coming down from 38 in January 2019 to 25 in January 2020. In Thiruvananthapuram, the fatalities came down from 66 to 49, registering a decline of -25.8%.

However, the concern for the law enforcers and road safety experts is the fatalities going up by 12.5% each in Kottayam (36 deaths) and Wayanad (9 deaths) and by 7.7% in Kannur (28 deaths) last month.

The highest number of accidents in January this year occurred in Thiruvananthapuram. Still, the capital district registered a fall in accidents, from 509 to 494.

Ernakulam also registered a decline by 2.8% with the accidents coming down from 319 to 310. Alappuzha registered a decline by 13.1%, from 374 to 325.

Surprisingly, the road accidents in Kannur went up by 24.9%, from 197 to 246. Kottayam also registered an increase by 13.4% with the number going up from 261 to 296.

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