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Travel by Rajasthan roads at your own risk

Rajasthan stood fifth with 10,510 road accident fatalities in 2015, which amounts to 7.2% fatalities nationwide. Rajasthan stands after Uttar Pradesh with 17,666, Tamil Nadu (15,642), Maharashtra (13,212) and Karnataka (10,856) fatalities

jaipur Updated: Jul 10, 2016 20:56 IST
HT Correspondent
In the last nine days 33 people died and 46  injured in road accidents.
In the last nine days 33 people died and 46 injured in road accidents. (HT File Photo)

Road travel in Rajasthan is turning riskier by the day, if one goes by the last nine days’ figures across the state which show at least 33 deaths and 46 crippling injuries to the victims, according to social activists working on road safety.

They said the main reason for road accidents ranged from drink driving, road rage to a lack of safety discipline along the roads.

Commissioner transport department SK Aggarwal admitted the same and said that the people should have to exercise more road discipline in order to minimize the chances of accident.

Safe Life Foundation, an NGO working on road safety and emergency medical care, conducted a thorough study of the accident figures of the union ministry of road transport and highways and concluded that there was need to lend more teeth to road safety laws in terms of speed and accountability. A road accident doesn’t just involve the persons in the crash but also the authorities concerned and hence laws should be revised accordingly, an activist said.

The study reveals that every 43 road accident out of 100 are fatal and of them one fatality converts into death in Rajasthan, which is constantly growing its road network. Since 2014, Jaipur and Jodhpur have recorded a high number of injuries and fatalities during road accidents.

The study says Rajasthan stood fifth with 10510 road accident fatalities in 2015, which amounts to 7.2% fatalities nationwide. Rajasthan stands after Uttar Pradesh with 17666, Tamil Nadu (15642), Maharashtra (13212) and Karnataka (10856) fatalities.

In terms of road accidents cases in 2015, Rajasthan with 24072 is on the eighth position and on the seventh, in terms of the number of road accident injuries (26153). On an average 28 people died, 71 injured and 65 cases of accidents happened everyday in 2015, the study says.

The number of accidents in Jaipur since January 1 to May 31, 2016 has been 1821, which in 2015 was 1778. The number of injuries this year has been 1697, which was 1618 last year. Likewise, at least 602 people have died in road accidents this year against 566 of the last year’s. On an average three people die and over 11 injured in road accidents every day in Jaipur, the study reveals.

SaveLIFE Foundation director (operations) Saji Cherian said, “Rajasthan accounts for over 7% of the total road crash fatalities in the country. Transport minister Yoonus Khan is spearheading a group of ministers’ to prepare recommendations to amend the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988. It is imperative that the issues that make India’s roads unsafe are addressed immediately. The proposed amendments must comprehensively reform licensing and training, engineering of roads and vehicles, and most importantly, protection of Vulnerable Road Users (VRUs) such as pedestrians, cyclists and children, who are completely ignored by the current legislation.”

Recent mishaps

July 1: One died, two injured, on Express Highway, near Vaishali Nagar, Jaipur.

July 2: Three people were killed and five injured when a BMW car allegedly driven by an MLA’s son rammed into an autorickshaw and a police PCR van near St Xavier’s School in Jaipur.

July 4: One died, three injured, uncontrolled car turns turtle on Alwar-Bhiwadi Mega Highway

July 6: At least 26 people were killed and around 31 injured in two separate road accidents in Rajasthan.

BMW Case: MLA’s son sent to 14-day jail

The city court on Sunday sent independent MLA’s son Siddharth Maharia to 14-day judicial custody. Maharia (20) allegedly hit an autorickshaw and a police vehicle on July 2, killing three and leaving four injured. He was arrested under Section 304 of the IPC (punishment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder).