Thiruvananthapuram | The tiny state of Kerala stands third in India in terms of road accidents with 4,000 deaths and 40,000 injuries every year, Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala informed the state Assembly today.
Replying to a question by Congress member V D Satheesan, the Minister pointed out that though Kerala accounted for only around three per cent of the Indian population, it contributed ten per cent of road accidents. Kerala was only behind large states like Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu when it comes to road crashes and casualities.
Road accident was the third major cause of death and disability in Kerala, he said adding that 84 per cent of those killed and 82 per cent of those who suffer injuries in road accident were male.
There is a rapid motorisation in Kerala due to good earning capacity of people leading to heavy traffic on Kerala roads whereas growth of road infrastructure is inadequate viz-aviz, rate of modernisation.
Every day in Kerala around eleven people die and 150 get injured in road accidents. There were about 8.5 million registered vehicles, out of which around 63 per cent are two wheelers.
About 45 per cent accidents take place in National Highways and State Highways, which results 55 per cent road fatalities.
Pedestrians and bike users account for around 80 per cent of road accident deaths in Kerala.
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