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Mumbai’s road fatalities crash 30%, but 15,000 deaths in Maharashtra in 2022, Infra News, ET Infra

MUMBAI: The number of fatalities in road crashes across Maharashtra increased by 10% in 2022, compared to 2021, while Mumbai witnessed a drop in crash deaths by 30% during the same period, revealed latest statistics in state economic survey report tabled in the legislative assembly on Wednesday.

While 13,528 persons died in road mishaps in the state in 2021, the deaths increased to 14,884 in 2022, the report mentioned. In Mumbai, 387 people died in road crashes in 2021, which dropped to 272 such deaths the next year.

Experts said the figures across state were “alarming” and there was need for more road safety measures, creating awareness among motorists, 24×7 enforcement, besides correctional measures such as improving road design and engineering and having more signages across state highways.

In fact, the total number of crashes in state also increased by 12% – from 29,477 mishaps in 2021, to 33,069 in 2022. The statistics further showed that over 4,000 more persons were injured in these crashes in 2022. Experts and officials from the state transport department said 40% of all deaths were happening because of rear-end collisions.

State transport commissioner Vivek Bhimanwar said the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways had given a target to reduce road fatalities by 50% in 10 years. “But we have kept an ambitious target and plan to achieve this much before the deadline,” he said. “We started counselling centres on Mumbai Pune highway where we have a six-month campaign on road safety since December 1. Our drive has resulted in reduction of fatalities by 33% – 18 deaths in December 2022 compared to 27 in December 2021,” he pointed out.

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