‘Over 10 die, 30 sustain injuries in road accidents every day in Haryana’

Overloading of passenger vehicles used commercially by private operators is fast becoming the major reason behind mass fatalities in road accidents in Haryana. In most of the major accidents, overloaded vehicles and rash driving, particularly during fog, lead to fatalities.

Daily, over 10 people die and around 30 sustain injuries in road accidents in Haryana. Last year, over 4,700 people died in road mishaps in Haryana and the number has already crossed 4,000 this year. According to the records, around 10,000 to 11,000 road accidents take place annually in Haryana.

In July, 29 people died when an overloaded canter they were travelling in collided head on with a truck on Rajgarh-Hisar road near Sainiwas village — about 60 km from Bhiwani. In another incident, 10 people were killed when an overloaded Tata Magic collided head on with a truck near village Dhakal in Jind.

According to police records, Haryana is ranked number 10 in the country when it came to road fatalities. In first six months of this year, over 2,900 people had died in various accidents.

"Both the operators and passengers are to be blamed for this overloading menace. Though we keep challaning such private vehicle operators, but this goes on as these vehicles are in demand. We are doing our best to curb the menace and check on rash and negligent driving," a senior police officer said.

A study conducted by the Haryana Police revealed that the number of men dying in the road accidents was far more when compared to women. Out of the total number of fatal and non-fatal accidents, 80 per cent of those affected were men. The study also indicated that maximum number of road accidents take place between 6 pm to 9 pm and 5 am to 10 am. Moreover, November and December witness maximum number of accidents, mainly because of poor weather and dense fog.

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