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    Road Accidents take higher toll than totting guns


    Road Accidents take higher toll than totting guns

    Srinagar, December 25

    The road accidents in have taken a toll of 665 lives in nearly 4000 road accidents in the first nine months of the current year ending September which is alarming keeping the state's population in view. Nearly 6,000 persons were also injured in the accidents, among which 511 proved to be fatal.

    In comparison, 84 security persons and 163 militants, including both foreign and local, have been killed in various operations and incidents across the state this year so far.

    As per the official figures, 75 civilians were killed during the Kashmir unrest following the killing of militant ‘commander' Burhan killing of July 8, though unofficially the civilian death toll is pegged as more than 80.

    In 2015, as per the figures compiled by the Traffic Police, 917 persons lost their lives in 8,142 road accidents which were reported from various parts of the state. In comparison, 176 people died in 291 militancy-related incidents last year, which included 28 civilians, 45 security personnel and 103 foreign and local militants.

    As per the report compiled by the Traffic Department, indicating the data for the first three quarters of the current year, 4,132 road ac

    cidents were reported from the Jammu, Kashmir and regions till September this year, in which 565 persons lost their lives. Of these, 3,621 were non-fatal accidents, while 511 were fatal.

    Officials in the Traffic Police maintain that “rash and negligent” driving continued to be the main reason for the high number of fatalities, while “bad and difficult terrain roads” were “contributing” factors.

    What is astonishing is that Jammu district registered the highest number of 113 road accident-related deaths till September this year. Besides 946 persons were injured in 1,103 road accidents in the district during the period. Of them, 112 were fatal, the report compiled by the Traffic Police further said.

    The second highest number of accident-related deaths were reported from Ramban district of the Jammu division, where 66 persons were killed in 192 road incidents.

    In the summer capital Srinagar, 38 persons were killed on roads till September this year, the report reveals, where a total of 255 road accidents were reported during this period from the capital, in which 35 were accidents were fatal and 216 non-fatal. A total of 254 persons also sustained injuries in these road accidents, the report reveals.

    The lowest number of road deaths and accidents were reported from Shopian district in south Kashmir this year, where one person lost his life and 49 were injured in 36 road accidents.

    As per the official figures, Leh district of the Ladakh region reported 68 road accidents till September. Of them, 26 proved fatal and in which 38 persons were killed, besides 123 were injured.

    district reported 46 road accidents in which 31 persons lost their lives while 72 sustained injuries, the report compiled by the Traffic Police reveals.

    The Northlines is an independent source on the Web for news, facts and figures relating to Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh and its neighbourhood.

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