Assam Records Highest Road Accidents in NE Region
According to a report published by Assam Police, the state had topped the northeastern region in the number of road accidents last year.
The report ‘An analytical glimpse on road accidents in Assam’ which was made available by news agency PTI, stated that a total of 2,966 people were killed while 7,375 people were injured in 8,248 accidents in the state last year.
The report also said that the state had ranked 16th in the country in the number of road accidents. According to the report, 30 people were killed and 89 injured in every 100 accidents in the state.
The report further said that eight people were killed and 20 injured in an average in road accidents in the state every day last year.
Director General of Police (DGP) of Assam Kuladhar Saikia while talking on the issue said that lack of knowledge of road safety rules is one of the main causes of accidents adding that majority of these were caused due to negligent and callous driving.
The DGP further stated that many deaths and injuries due to road accidents could have been prevented.
According to the report, the occurrence of road accidents had risen by 15 percent in 2018 over the previous years while fatalities had seen a spurt of six percent and injuries by 19 percent.
The report also says that 48 percent of the accidents had occurred on the national highways while 26 percent of those had taken place on the state highways and other roads.
However, road accidents had risen in 30 districts of the state whereas four districts had witnessed a dip.
On the other hand, 24 and 26 districts have seen rising cases of fatalities and injuries respectively.