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318 riders lost lives in 2021 on city roads


Records show the vulnerability of two-wheeler riders in the city. As many as 318 riders died and 1,719 were injured in road accidents in 2021, the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data has revealed.

The city ranked third in the country for road accidents. Of 55,442 traffic accidents in 53 mega cities in India, 3,213 were reported in Bengaluru. It accounted for 5.8% of the total road accidents in the country after Delhi and Chennai, which accounted for 9.1% and 8.1% respectively.

According to the data, Bengaluru accounted for 6.4% of the total deaths of two-wheeler accidents in the state. Karnataka has recorded 5,021 deaths of two-wheeler riders in 2021.

Kuldeep Kumar Jain, Commissioner of Police, Bengaluru West Traffic Division, says that certain areas in the city like Ring Road and Nice Road record the highest traffic violations by two-wheeler riders.

“A major factor behind maximum cases being recorded on these roads is that they are in good condition. On these roads, two-wheeler riders tend to raise the speed. It is the status of the road that determines the number of accidents. Roads that are in good condition record more traffic violations and accidents,” he said.

He added that the city traffic police organises various drives to make people aware about traffic safety.

“We keep a track of anything detrimental for two-wheeler riders like riding without a helmet, triple riding or using mobile phones while riding. We have identified certain places in the city which are prone to two-wheeler accidents, so we keep doing special drives in these areas,” he added.

Traffic and mobility experts say that most accidents are a result of negligence by the rider. “More than the infrastructure failures like potholes, it is the negligence and rash driving that is to be blamed for the increasing number of deaths due to road accidents. In recent years, the number of people using two-wheelers has also increased and so the data shows an increase in the number of deaths as well.

Also, most two-wheeler riders on the outskirts of the city don’t wear a helmet, which is the main cause of death due to head injury,” traffic expert Sreehari told Bangalore Mirror.



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