More men died on Bengaluru roads last year: data

More men died on Bengaluru roads last year: data

BENGALURU: A vast majority of those who died on Bengaluru roads last year were men, especially those belonging to students and early working age groups, according to data accessed exclusively by DH for the period 2021-2023 from the traffic department.

Traffic police attributed this alarming statistic to passengers not wearing helmets and speeding. An expert said that as the city’s population grows and the number of vehicles increases, such deaths will continue to increase.

Bengaluru recorded a total of 883 fatal accidents and 913 deaths in 2023, an increase of 17-18% from 752 and 772 in 2022, respectively. The majority of this total, 770 to be exact, were men, and more than 50% of these deaths (393) were men between the ages of 21 and 40.

Within this, deaths among men between the ages of 31 and 40 jumped by almost 34%, from a total of 123 deaths in 2022 to 165 in 2023, including deaths caused by the person himself, which the traffic police call “self-inflicted accidents.” “.

Most deaths recorded in one age group last year were among men between the ages of 21 and 30. Deaths rose to 228 in 2023, including 140 fatal accidents and 88 self-inflicted accidents, compared to 219 in the previous year.

In addition, deaths among boys and men aged 11 to 20 jumped by 57.6%, from 26 in 2022 to 41 in 2023. This does not include self-inflicted accidents, which were 17 in both years.

The rise in deaths in these age groups over the years also indicates the rise in ownership of personal vehicles, which are mostly two-wheelers.

After pedestrians, two-wheeler users are one of the most vulnerable groups of road users. This also means that delivery staff are at greater risk of accidents, as they spend most of their time riding.

“Most of these accidents are caused by speeding and not wearing protective equipment such as helmets and seat belts,” Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) M N Anusheth said. DirhamPointing out that a change in the behavior of road users is necessary to reduce these numbers.

However, while these numbers may seem alarming without context, relying on absolute numbers is not the best way to assess the situation.

“Deaths are expected to rise as the number of vehicles and the number of road users increase,” said Dr Gautham Melur Sukumar, Additional Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at Nimhans.

Dr. Goutham also pointed out that road exposure is a risk factor for accidents. “As more roads are built and the road length increases, the number of private vehicles on the roads increases, which increases the risk of an accident. It is not necessary that deaths decrease as road density increases.”

Besides police enforcement and public road safety education, factors such as proximity to emergency care and road design issues play a critical role in influencing these numbers.

(Published 23 March 2024, 21:56 he)

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