Two People Die Every Day In Road Accidents In Bangalore
The Traffic Police in Bangalore have just released statistics for road accidents in the city for the year 2014. And, like each year, it makes for grim reading. 729 people lost their lives on the roads of the city. Most of those who died were those on Two wheelers (332) and pedestrians (331). Over 4000 people (4098) were injured on Bangalore roads during the same period.
So every single day in the last year saw an average of more than two people dying in road accidents. This was a figure slightly lower than the previous year. 2013 saw 771 people being killed.
The statistics cover the years 2005 to 2014 – and interestingly, the number of fatalities on the roads have come down as the number of vehicles increase. Perhaps the notorious city traffic has kept vehicle speeds lower with each year, making fatalities less likely.
In 2005 there were 24.68 lakh vehicles registered on the roads of the city. This number went up to almost 54 lakhs in 2014.
The number of accidents in 2005 was 7578 as compared to 5004 in the year 2014.
The day on which there were most accidents was Wednesday, followed by Saturday. And the time of day when most accidents were reported was between 12 noon to 3pm, followed by 6-9pm.
The dry figures cannot convey the individual tragedy of each life lost. The grief of those left behind. The agony of the injured. The emotional and economic loss. The roads of the city are dangerous places – and an awareness of road safety is certainly needed to bring down the grim numbers of the people who die on Indian roads.