BENGALURU: Karnataka ranks second in number of road accidents in the country in 2015, according to the latest National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) report.The state reported most number of accidents (44,011) after Tamil Nadu (69,059) and an increase over 2014 figure of 43,694.
NCRB data also puts Karnataka fourth in number of fatalities due to road accidents in the country with 10,857 deaths after Uttar Pradesh (18,407), Tamil Nadu (15,642) and Maharashtra (13,685) in 2015. This means a daily average of 120 road accidents and 29 fatalities were reported in Karnataka in 2015.
The report also shows most road accidents reported in Karnataka was during the month of May (4,077), followed by January (3,970) and December (3,841).
Bengaluru is in third spot among 89 cities in the number of accidents and deaths reported in 2015. It reported 5,001 accidents after Chennai (7,328) and Delhi (7,148). In 2014, Bengaluru reported 5,004 accident cases.
The city also reported 890 road fatalities after Delhi (1,316) and Jaipur (939) in 2015. Experts said rash and negligent driving, drunken driving, poor road infrastructure, absence of street lights and delay in taking accident victims to hospital are main reasons for the increasing number of deaths in the state.
Traffic expert M N Sreehari said the state government should conduct more awareness campaigns and also create safe roads for motorists. “A majority of the accidents reported are mainly due to poorly designed roads,” he said.
A senior state government official said they are analysing the accident data to come up with a plan.
“Most accidents are reported on highways and rural areas where there is no adequate police patrolling to check rash and drunken driving.
Poor emergency response system, that takes accident victims to the nearest hospital for first aid treatment, is also a challenge,” he said, adding Karnataka is also the first state in the country to introduce Good Samaritan and Medical Professional (Protection and Regulation during Emergency Situations) Bill which will reduce the number of accident-related deaths