More than 3,500 accidents took place in India due to potholes in 2020 - Newztezz Online


Wednesday, August 11, 2021

More than 3,500 accidents took place in India due to potholes in 2020

Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari told Parliament that in the year 2020, a total of 3,564 road accidents occurred in the country due to potholes. 
Accidents are reported to be the lowest in the last five years. The total number of road accidents due to potholes in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 were 6424, 9423, 4869 and 4775 respectively. Gadkari said that his ministry has formulated a multi-pronged strategy to address the issue of road safety based on four factors which include education, engineering of both roads and vehicles, enforcement and emergency care. .

Detailing about the total accidents in the year 2019, Gadkari said that the figure has come down by 4 percent to 4,49,002. Of these, 3,19,028 accidents occurred due to overspeeding, while 12,256 accidents were caused by drunk driving/ consuming alcohol and drugs. The number of accidents in 2019 due to wrong side/lane indiscipline, red light jumping and mobile phone use was 24,431; 4,443 and 10,522 respectively.

this could be the reason

Talking about the causes of accidents, the Minister informed that there are many factors like automobile design, over speeding, use of mobile phones, drunken driving / alcohol / drug abuse, overloaded vehicles, condition of vehicles and poor lighting. There could be reasons.

Apart from these, other factors include jumping red lights, overtaking, neglect of civic bodies, weather conditions, driver's fault, driving in wrong direction, road condition fault, motor vehicle condition fault, cyclist fault and include pedestrian fault.

Gadkari informed Parliament that road safety has been made an integral part of road design at the planning stage and that his ministry has accorded high priority to identification and improvement of black spots or accident prone spots on national highways. The Minister repeatedly spoke about the importance of safe driving and also urged the OEMs to design their vehicles to match the international safety standards.

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