Rise in non-fatal accidents, injuries in city
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Compared to last year, more people have got injured, maimed or incapacitated on Chandigarh roads till April there has been an increase of over 30 per cent in the number of people getting injured in road accidents.
According to figures of the traffic police, till April 30 this year, 122 people were injured in 100 accidents. During the same period last year, 94 people were injured in 83 accidents.
Of the 122 people injured, 107 were men and 15 women. Last year, 75 men and 19 women were injured.
Maximum number of non-fatal accidents was reported in jurisdiction of the Sector-17 police station. As many as 14 such accidents took place on the Sector 16-17 dividing road.
Other accident prone areas in the city include the IT Park road, Fun Republic traffic signal, Railway traffic signal, Vikas Marg and Dakshin Marg.
Marginal dip in fatal accidents
The number of fatal accidents, on the other hand, has marginally declined during the period.
According to records of the traffic police, 46 fatal accidents, resulting in the death of 50 people, took place till April 30 this year. In the same period last year, 52 people had died in 50 road accidents.
Maximum number of fatal accidents (eight) took place around the Hallomajra traffic signal. Last year, the maximum number of such accidents were reported from the IT Park road.
According to traffic police officials, increased vehicular traffic has led to more people getting injured in accidents. There are over seven lakh registered vehicles in Chandigarh.
An official said while more vehicles have reduced the average speed on roads, thus limiting fatalities, cases of road rage and rash and negligent driving have increased. Drunken driving is another major cause of non-fatal accidents, the official said.
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