Overspeeding claimed over 4,700 lives in Andhra Pradesh in 2020: Report

The police said that the speed limit on the national and state highways in Andhra Pradesh is 80 to 100 kmph but most motorists have been exceeding the speed limit causing road crashes.

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  31 Oct 2021 7:52 AM GMT
Overspeeding claimed over 4,700 lives in Andhra Pradesh in 2020: Report

Vijayawada: Overspeeding was the major reason for deaths in road accidents in Andhra Pradesh in 2020, accounting for over 65% of casualties. The latest data of NCRB on Accidental Deaths and Suicides in India 2020 revealed that 7,039 people were killed and 19,675 injured in 17,924 road accidents in Andhra Pradesh in 2020.

The NCRB data found that overspeeding was the reason for 4,778 deaths and 13,774 injuries in 12,344 accident cases in the state. It also revealed that dangerous or careless driving/overtaking caused 1,221 deaths and 3,630 injuries in 3,300 cases.

The police said that the speed limit on the national and state highways in Andhra Pradesh is 80 to 100 kmph but most motorists have been exceeding the speed limit causing road crashes.

The police and the Road Transport Authority (RTA) personnel have been monitoring the speed of vehicles by using speed laser guns. However, there are not enough speed laser guns to nab the violators. The absence of speed limit display boards on some stretches is another reason for the overspeeding of vehicles.

Most of the speed laser guns in the state that can register the speed of a vehicle cannot capture its image at night as they don't have infrared flash. The radar guns hence cannot catch speeding vehicles at night. Speeding in the night and wee hours is one of the main reasons for road accident deaths, the police said.

The police and the RTA personnel are chalking out plans to procure the latest equipment to mitigate overspeeding incidents and accidents in the state.


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