Andhra Pradesh: ‘Violation of road safety rules major reason for accidents in Anantapur district’

An analysis of the road accident database in Anantapur district has revealed that contrary to the common perception that most of them took place between 6 am and 9 pm, there were fewer accidents at night, Deputy Transport Commissioner N. Sivaram Prasad said. .

Addressing a press conference in Anantapur on Tuesday, Mr. Sivaram Prasad said that all road accidents are being recorded through the iRAD (Integrated Road Accident Database) application.

The iRAD data showed that the number of accidents was directly proportional to the number of vehicles on the roads.

Talking on a cell phone while driving, not wearing a helmet or driving in the opposite direction in a one-way lane were the key violations that led to accidents and deaths, he said.

In all, 642 people were affected – died of injuries – in Anantapur district from March 1 to December 20 after the application was introduced.

Of the 418 accidents, 238 were killed and 404 were injured. Two-wheeler riders continue to be the most affected group, the official added.

Ninety of the fatal accidents involved two-wheelers and 80 of them were not wearing helmets at the time of the accident.

In car accidents, 12 drivers did not wear their seat belts. Those riding in goods trucks were also victims of many accidents.

Good Samaritan program

The Deputy Commissioner said that the introduction of Good Samaritan program under this iRAD scheme, people who were helping accident victims were being given ₹5,000 and 10 people from across the country were being selected for a national award.

At the Automated Testing Track in Anantapur, the DTC gave an awareness talk to the people who had come for their driving test on Tuesday.

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