Kerala Roads claim 2249 lives till June this year.It is reported that Kerala Roads have claimed 2249 lives from 20,700 motor accidents. Additionally 23,519 were injured seriously. It is high time that we take this issue seriously. Is the life of a person so cheap to be thrown in front of a speeding vehicle ? Or are the people so careless while travelling over the public roads ? Or are our roads so unsafe for travelling ? Recently a car accident took the lives of a famous and young violinist and his daughter.
The police records show that in 2017 there were 38470 road accidents killing 4131 people. Still if we look back the figures are not much different. In 2016 deaths numbered 4287 from 39420 accidents. In 2015 and 2014 respectively the death figures were 4196 and 4049.
Maximum accidents are reported in the year 2005, figures being 42,363 with 3203 deaths. The death rates per accidents show an increase from 2001 onwards. The death rate was 6.97 percentage that year. The same in 2017 is 10.73 %.
Why so many accidents and death? Is it because of the bad conditions of roads, careless driving, driving without seat belts/helmets, overspeed, driving consuming alcohol, getting attention slowly after accidents ? A detailed study is needed to contain this.