Pradeep Pattanayak

With road accident fatalities on the rise in the state, the state government has decided to observe zero fatality week once more from December 1 to 7. 

Buoyed up by the encouraging results of the zero fatality week observed in April this year, the State Commerce and Transport Department has taken the decision to observe the week again in December. After April’s zero road fatality week, there has been a decrease of 28.6 percent in road accident fatalities, said sources. 

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In a letter issued to the district Collectors, SPs, and RTOs, the department informed that 48,000 people have lost their lives during the last ten years, suggesting about 5,000 people are losing their lives every year. 

During the first nine months of 2023 from January to September, 4,178 road mishap fatalities were reported. The number of fatalities during the corresponding period in 2022 was 3,983. In general, more fatalities occur during December due to climatic and social conditions. Keeping these things in mind, the government has decided to observe ‘zero fatality week’ in the first week of December.

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