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Road accidents in Andhra Pradesh decline by 9.6 per cent during Jan-Aug, ET Infra

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VISAKHAPATNAM: Andhra Pradesh witnessed a decline of 9.6 per cent in road accidents during January-August in 2023 compared to the corresponding period in the previous year.

The number of road accidents came down from 14,462 in 2022 (Jan to Aug) to 13,068 this year (Jan to Aug). Of the total 26 districts in state, 18 districts managed to reduce road accidents by adopting various measures while eight districts failed to mitigate road crashes.
Kurnool district stood top in reduction of accidents from 490 to 320 ( 35 per cent decline) followed by Kadapa district with 29 per cent decline in accidents. Visakhapatnam district stood third by registering 23 per cent drop in road accidents. The three districts emerged best performers during the period in 2023 in terms of number reduction.

Parvathipuram Manyam district in north coastal Andhra Pradesh was listed as the worst performing district as the road accidents increased by 21.4 per cent (from 173 to 210) between January and August in 2023 in the district. The number of road crashes increased by 9.4 per cent in Anantapur district and six per cent in Sri Sathya Sai district.

A senior police officer said the number of accidents came down from 19,203 in 2021 to around 18,800 in 2022. As many as 6,800 people died in road accidents in 2022 in state. The number was 7,430 in 2021. Deaths due to over-speeding (rash and negligent driving) have been contributing to between 60 to 70 per cent of total deaths in road accidents in state for the past few years.

“It is not so easy to check the over-speeding and negligent driving round-the-clock with speed laser guns. The speed limit on the national highways (NHs) and state highways in Andhra Pradesh is 80 to 100 kmph, but a majority of the motorists exceed the speed limit and get involved in accidents,” police and RTA personnel said.

Based on the road accidents data in AP, and opinions from the respondents, deputy transport commissioner, Vizag, GC Raja Ratnam has found that it is not bad roads but good ones that lead to accidents and the vehicle condition does not affect road accidents in state.

  • Published On Sep 29, 2023 at 01:07 PM IST

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