21 November 2019
Bhubaneswar: As many as 18,683 precious lives were lost in 40,852 road mishaps in Odisha in the last three years and three quarters (2016-2019 September).
This was revealed by Commerce and Transport Minister Padmanabha Behera in a written reply to a question by BJD member from Salipur Prasanta Behera.
A close analysis of the tabular data provided by the Minister indicates a constant rise in the number of road mishaps as well as resultant fatalities over the preceding year.
As per the information provided by the Commerce and Transport Minister 10,532 accidents were reported in 2016 resulting in 4463 fatalities.
Similarly, 10,855 road accidents were recorded in 2017 resulting in 4,790 deaths which means that there was a rise by 3.07% in the number of accidents occurred as compared to 2016 and a 7.33% rise in the number of deaths.
Besides, 11,262 road mishaps were reported in 2018 resulting in 5315 deaths which again means that there has been a rise in the number of accidents by a constant of 3.07% and a 10.96% increase in the number of resultant deaths over 2017.
Moreover, 4,115 deaths have been recorded in 8,203 accidents till September this year.
The Minister has said that several steps have been taken to curb road accidents in the state.
While driving licences are cancelled for violating the motor vehicle rules as per the direction of the Supreme Court, the government has deployed 37 interceptors with speed detection radar and breathe analysers to punish the drunken drivers, he added.
Replying to another question, the Minister has said that driving licences of 5,121 persons were suspended in 2018 for causing accidents due to reckless driving and by October 2019 driving licences of 3,889 persons have been suspended.
If necessary steps can be taken for cancelling these driving licences, the Minister added.