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Devbrat Patnaik

Bhubaneswar: As many as 11,064 road accidents were reported across Odisha in 2019, resulting in 5333 fatalities. Though there is a decline in the total number of road mishaps in the State when compared to 11262 accidents in 2018, the accident-related deaths in 2019 have exceeded the previous year's death count.

This is as per the 2019 annual report on Road Accidents in India, recently released by the Transport Research Wing of Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH).

In 2018, Odisha had witnessed 5315 deaths in road crashes, while the figures stood at 4790 in 2017, the data reveals.

According to the report, on an average, the State saw over 30 road crashes daily in 2019, causing death of at least 15 persons every day.

The majority of road accidents (7632) in Odisha were due to over-speeding which caused 3808 deaths. What is even more shocking is that Odisha ranks third (behind UP & Punjab) among all States when accident cases due to drunken driving or consumption of drugs are considered. The survey shows that Odisha has reported 1068 cases of drunken driving, which has resulted in 507 casualties in 2019.

Apart from this, there were 1040 accident cases due to wrong-side driving that killed 445 persons in the year.

However, overall in India, there has been a 0.2% decline in accident-related deaths with the report of 1,51,113 cases in comparison to 1,51,417 in 2018.

The MoRTH report claims Uttar Pradesh recorded the highest road crash deaths (22655), followed by Maharashtra (12788), Madhya Pradesh (11249) and Karnataka which saw 10958 deaths in 2019. As per the 2019 road accident report, 449002 accidents took place in the country last year leading to 151113 deaths and 451361 injuries.

A senior official informed that MoRTH had identified 5583 black spots in the country in 2018, and has kept its focus on chalking out rectification measures to reduce road crashes.

Also Read | Road Accidents, Fatalities Post Big Drop In Odisha In 2020

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