32 deaths, 50 serious injuries in 117 road accidents in August

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Sep 09, 2015 12:29 IST

Ludhiana has reported over 32 deaths in the past one in road accidents, and more than 50 people have been seriously injured leading a question mark on the road safety and traffic management in the city.

As per report of 108 ambulance service, the total number of road accident reported in August in Ludhiana commissionerate is 117, which means an average of four accidents per day.

Ludhiana has become the deadliest city in the whole country. As per the report released by transport research wing of ministry of road transport and highways three days ago, chances of getting killed in road accidents are highest in Ludhiana in the whole country with the chance percentage standing at 67%. Second in the list is Amritsar, which stands at over 60%.

City-based road safety expert Kamaljit Singh Soi said, "Over 75,000 people in the age group of 15-34 have died in road crashes in the country, the report says. We are losing young valuable human resource due to road crashes in India. Punjab loses more than 5,000 people every year out of reported 6,500 road accidents."

Soi said, "Speeding, drunken driving and overloading have been sighted as the main reasons behind these accidents and deaths. But in Ludhiana, these are least challaned offences in the city and even the state. Over 28% road deaths and accidents are caused by heavy vehicles including trucks/trailers/tempos."

When contacted, assistant commissioner of police (ACP, traffic) Richa Agnihotri was not available for comments.

Every day one death reported in August 2015
Four road accidents reported every day in August 2015 (108 Ambulance Report )
Ludhiana Number 1 in road fatality rate in the whole country

(As per Report of transport research wing , ministry of road transport & highways - September 2015)

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