600 traffic accidents, 140 deaths recorded during the Covid-19 closure: SaveLife Foundation

NEW DELHI: More than 600 traffic accidents were recorded during the two phases of the national closure between March 24 and May 3, according to a report by.

Over the past five weeks, about 140 lives have been lost due to traffic accidents across the country, with more than 100 deaths recorded in just 9 states. These are Delhi, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Assam, Kerala, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Punjab, and Tamil Nadu.

A more detailed analysis of these traffic accident deaths reveals that about 30 percent of these victims were migrants traveling back home. Almost 57 percent of the deaths were from people driving during the running of the bulls. The most common causal factor in these accidents was acceleration. Tragically, the rest of the traffic accident deaths were from essential workers such as doctors, etc., traveling to or from their workplace, according to the report.

While there has been a decline in the absolute number of deaths from traffic accidents during closure due to the suspension of public transport and general mobility, the death rate in traffic accidents has remained unchanged, highlighting how unsafe they are Indian roads even when most of the country has been under restrictions.

Piyush Tewari, founder and CEO of the SaveLife Foundation, said: “India suffers the highest number of deaths from road accidents worldwide each year. Although there will be a decrease in that number this year due to the blockade, 140 deaths in more than 600 crashes show that the achievements made will be lost as soon as things return to normal. The third phase of the blockade is a golden opportunity for states to repair engineering flaws on our roads and institute mechanisms for electronic enforcement so that when things become normal, we can keep road deaths low.