Punjab reports more deaths due to road accident injuries in two years: Data
Road accidents in Punjab in 2021 and 2022 caused more deaths than injuries, according to the latest National Risk Council report.
However, in neighboring Haryana, although the number of deaths was higher than in Punjab, road accidents caused more injuries than deaths, National Crime Records Bureau data showed.
Road accidents generally caused more injuries than deaths. However, in a few states like Punjab, these cases have resulted in more deaths than infections, the data shows.
In Punjab in 2022, 6,122 road accidents caused 4,688 deaths and 3,372 injuries. In the previous year, 6,097 road accidents resulted in the death of 4,516 people and the injury of 3,034 others.
In Haryana, 10,049 road accidents were reported in 2021. The number rose slightly to 10,654 in 2022.
In 2021, 4,983 people died in Haryana while in 2022 the figure stood at 5,228. The accidents caused injuries to 7,972 and 8,353 people respectively during the two years.
According to the report, accidents are indicators of bottlenecks and other obstacles to the smooth flow of traffic. As a result, the National Risk Council collects detailed data on traffic accidents, including road accidents, to infer the trend and patterns of traffic accidents for planners to develop appropriate prevention strategies.
According to NCRB data, 660 people died and 1,398 were injured in road accidents involving light vehicles like SUVs and cars in 2022 in Haryana. The corresponding figures for the same year in Punjab were 1,101 deaths and 861 infections.
In addition, in both states, injuries and deaths caused by two-wheeler riders were very high.
In 2022, 2,182 two-wheeler riders were killed and 3,420 injured in Haryana, while 2,099 died and 1,663 were injured in Punjab.
As many as 215 bikers died in road accidents and 112 were injured in Punjab in 2022 as against 114 deaths and 120 injuries in Haryana.
In 2022, 1,164 pedestrians died in Haryana and 1,663 were injured compared to 609 deaths and 241 injuries in Punjab.
The Punjab government is forming a specialized force to streamline traffic and check road accidents.
Officials said that personnel of the Sadiq Surakhia Force (Road Safety Force) as part of Punjab Police, will be deployed on national and state highways where majority of road accidents occur every year.
Haryana has also embarked on a series of transformative projects aimed at saving lives on its roads, Haryana Chief Secretary Sanjeev Kaushal said recently.
A fleet of 670 ambulances has been integrated with the “112” emergency helpline to provide timely medical assistance to victims of road accidents.
Recently, the Center of Excellence for Road Safety – a central government organisation, in collaboration with IIT-Madras, planned to launch a special project in Haryana to collect best practices in road safety, develop systems and provide data-driven advice. To all concerned parties and the public.