In 22% Himachal Pradesh mishaps, vehicles go off road

Bhanu P Lohumi

Tribune News Service

Shimla, October 24

In Himachal this year, almost 98 per cent of the accidents that involved vehicles plunging down hillside occurred in rural areas while only 2 per cent of such road mishaps took place in urban areas.

From January 1 till October 15, 817 persons died and 2,617 were injured in 1,862 road accidents. Out of these, 418 accidents (22.4%) were caused due to vehicles veering off the road and rolling down steep hills, claiming 392 lives and injuring 672 persons.

Of the 418 accidents, 409 took place in rural areas where the condition of roads and safety infrastructure is poor and about 26 per cent (108) of the accidents occurred in evening hours (6 to 10 pm).

High speed and dangerous driving on narrow roads with blind curves and the absence of crash Lahaul-Spiti (13 each), Hamirpur and Una (seven each) and Baddi (5). The maximum (168) are attributed to high speed, 85 to dangerous driving, 60 to absence of parapets and crash barriers, 59 to carelessness while negotiating the curves, 13 to consumption of drugs/alcohol, nine each to uneven roads and blind curves and six to slippery road conditions.

In urban areas, seven accidents were in Shimla, besides one each in Hamirpur and Kangra. Cars were involved in about 50 per cent of the accidents.

District-wise accident mapping, analysis and micro-management have helped the police identify the mishap-prone stretches and reasons for the accidents, said DGP Sanjay Kundu.

The average number of accidents has come down from 3,100 during 2015-18 to around 2,300 since 2019 due to a proactive approach to the problem, he added.

The DGP said some of the other safety measures adopted include doppler radars to check speed and deployment of traffic police at vulnerable points. The PWD has also been asked to fix the black spots and install crash barriers at vulnerable stretches.

barriers have been identified as the main reasons for the fatal mishaps.

The highest number of such accidents were reported in Shimla (133) followed by Mandi (52), Sirmaur (47), Chamba (45), Kullu (30), Solan (29), Kinnaur (20), Bilaspur (17), Kangra and

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Courtesy: Tribune News Service

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