Srinagar: Road accidents in Jammu and Kashmir have claimed the lives of 713 people this year, official data reveals.
As per the data compiled by the JK Traffic Police Department, 5036 road accidents happened in JK from January to November in 2021, in which 713 persons were killed and 6447 were injured.
“589 accidents were reported fatal and 4447 non-fatal,” the figures reveal, adding that 3278 accidents happen only in Jammu, in which 521 persons were killed and 4241 injured. “102 persons were killed and 1175 injured in Jammu district, 76 killed and 536 injured in Kathua, and 63 persons were killed and 313 injured in Ramban,” the data reveals.
In Kashmir, the figures suggest that 1758 accidents took place since January 2021 in which 192 persons were killed and 2206 injured.
“36 persons were killed and 333 injured in Srinagar, 25 were killed and 140 injured in Kulgam, and 21 persons were killed and 340 injured in Anantnag district,” the data states.
The figures state that in 2017, 926 were killed and the injured persons were 7419.
“In 2018, 984 people were killed and 7845 injured. In 2019, a total of 996 persons were killed, 7532 were injured. In 2020, 728 people were killed, while as 5894 were injured,” the figures reveal.
Superintendent of Traffic Police for Rural Kashmir Manzoor Ahmed Mir said that that rash driving and violation of traffic rules are the basic reasons for rising accidents in rural areas of Kashmir.
“People resort to rash driving and often resort to violation of traffic rules which ultimately result in accidents which at times turn fatal,” Mir said. “Jumping of signals is one of the biggest reasons responsible for accidents,” he said.
He, however, said that on-the-spot challans and speed guns are proving as major tools to prevent accidents. “People should develop traffic sense,” Mir said. (KNO)