More than 1.18 lakh people died in traffic mishaps in Madhya Pradesh in the last 13 years and 95,000 people died in road accidents alone, provisional data collated by police showed.
On an average, 20 people died in road accidents daily during the period, underpinning Madhya Pradesh’s notoriety as one of the most accident-prone states in the country.
Experts attributed the staggering number of deaths in road accidents to multiple reasons including reckless driving or driving under influence of drugs or alcohol.
The statistics will form the basis of National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB)’s data on accidental deaths and suicides in India. The NCRB is the nodal agency for collating and publishing such statistics in India.
An analysis of NCRB data for 2014 showed that Madhya Pradesh stood fifth among the top five states reporting maximum road accident casualties. The top four states are Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Karnataka.
But when it came to traffic accidents deaths in 2014, MP with 11,312 deaths was placed fourth after UP, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu.
Among the 9,292 deaths in MP during 2014, over speeding killed 4,070 people, dangerous or careless driving/overtaking claimed 2,771 lives, while 1,406 persons died due to other causes.
“There has been drastic improvement in condition of roads with over 1000 km new roads built in the last few years. The vehicle drivers, however, have not yet adopted disciplined driving by following basic traffic rules on good roads, which often causes fatal accidents,” said Indore-based road traffic expert Praful Joshi.
“Also, inability to make helmets compulsory on the ground across the state too is leading to more and more deaths due to head injuries,” he added.
The statistics collated by the State Crime Records Bureau show that 1,18,177 people died in different traffic accidents — road, railway and at rail crossings — out of which 95,842 died in road accidents between 2003 and 2015.
In 2015, 32 persons died daily in different traffic accidents, the highest daily casualty since 2003. Out of these, 27 deaths were reported in road accidents.