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Speeding claimed more lives in India last year out of all traffic accidents

Speeding remains the biggest killer on Indian roads. The recent road accident report released by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) shows that more than two-thirds of the deaths in 2021 were related to vehicle driving incidents. excessive speed. The report said there were nearly three thousand road accidents last year caused by speeding, of which more than 1.07 thousand people died. The death toll is much higher than the 91,239 deaths recorded in the previous year.

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13:46 pm December 30, 2022

In 2021, in the Traffic Violations category, speeding was the top killer, accounting for 69.6% of deaths.  (ANI)
In 2021, in the Traffic Violations category, speeding was the top killer, accounting for 69.6% of deaths. (ANI)

Speeding is a major killer, accounting for more than 70% of all deaths in 2021 under the Traffic Rule Violations category, according to a ministry report. Drunk driving and reverse driving were the second and third largest causes of accidents and deaths last year. Overall, 1.53 thousand people were killed in traffic accidents across the country last year. The death toll is higher than in 2020, when 1,31,714 deaths were recorded in 3,66,138 road accidents.

This is the third year in a row speeding is the biggest cause of all road accidents in India. In 2019, a year before the Covid restrictions took effect, about 71% of the 4.49 thousand road accidents in the country were caused by speeding.

Also read: Not wearing seat belts killed more than 16,000 people in road accidents in India last year

The largest number of victims in road accidents last year were young people between the ages of 18 and 45. The ministry’s report said young people aged 18-45 accounted for 67.6% of victims in 2021, while working age people 18-60 years old accounted for 84.5% of all deaths from road accident.

Tamil Nadu recorded the highest number of road accidents on the National Highway in 2021, while the highest number of road accident deaths in Uttar Pradesh.

First published date: December 30, 2022, 13:46 pm IST


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