4463 killed in road mishaps in Odisha previous year

4463 killed in road mishaps in Odisha previous year

As many as 17 people died in 55 road accidents per hour on average a year ago, with almost half of them in the 18-35 age group, according to an official report released Wednesday. Chennai had the highest number of road accidents at 7,486.

With 11312 injuries this year, Odisha features among the top 13 states in the country in the category. Of them, the highest number of accidents at 4,539 occurred within three hours from 6 to 9pm.

Union Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari said the accident figures for the first half of 2017 show a 3 % reduction in road accidents between January to July 2017, along with a 4.75 % reduction in road accident fatalities.

Compiled by the ministry's Transport Research Wing, the report said Delhi topped the list of million-plus cities with the highest road accident deaths in 2016, at 1,591.

A total of 480,652 road accidents took place in India in 2016, which resulted in the loss of 150,785 lives and left 494,625 injured, said the report.That means around 55 road accidents every hour killing 17 people. As much as 14.9 percent of total accidents in 2016 happened in the state.

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The number of persons injured in road accidents declined marginally to 4,94,624 in 2016 from 5,00,279 in 2015.

Overall, 4,80,652 road accidents took place in India previous year resulting in the loss of 1,50,785 lives and inflicting serious injuries on 4,94,624 persons. These are Tamil Nadu, MP, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Telangana, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal and Haryana.

Compared to 2015, there was a decline of 4.1 per cent in the number of accidents, but the total number of fatal accidents rose 3.3 per cent to 1,36,071. The number of road accidents in the state was 44,011 in 2015.

A state-wise classification shows that Tamil Nadu had the highest number of accidents - 71,431. Among motor vehicles, two-wheelers accounted for the highest share in total road accidents and the number of deaths in accidents. However, the road length in the same period grew only by a meagre 3.75 per cent.

The report also noted that 1.8% of the people killed were using their mobile phones while driving, and held this behaviour responsible for causing the accident. Out of 52,500 two wheeler rider deaths, 19.3% were not wearing helmets.

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