Areas near schools and colleges in the city recorded maximum number of accidents in 2015, says a report released by the Union Transport Ministry in New Delhi. Out of the total 416 accidents which occurred last year in the city, the highest number (58) of accidents was reported from the areas near schools or colleges, followed by the residential areas (55), markets (47), near hospitals (46) and in other locations.
As per the report released on Thursday, 129 people were killed and 331 people were injured in accidents last year. The city recorded maximum number of accidents in the month of March (44) while maximum deaths were recorded in December (19).
The report reveals that as compared to 369 accidents in 2014, there were 416 road accidents in 2015. While 131 deaths were reported in 2014, only 129 deaths were recorded in 2015. Out of the 416 accidents, the city recorded 124 fatal accidents, 236 minor-injury accidents, 49 non-injury accidents and seven grievous injury-accidents in the entire year.
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About the severity of road accidents, the report says that accident severity (road accident deaths per 100 accidents) was 31 per cent in the city. The national average of accident severity was 29.1 per cent in 2015.
On the urban and rural area accidents, the city, according to the report, recorded maximum number of accidents in urban areas (388) as compared to 28 accidents in rural areas.
According to the report, the highest number of accidents (99) were recorded during 6 pm to 9 pm, followed by 91 during 9 pm to 12 midnight .
The city also witnessed maximum hit-and-run cases (122) as compared to other accidents which occurred last year. The highest number of people who got injured in the road accidents in 2015 were in residential areas.
The ministry says that all the accidents happened due to “fault of drivers” and among the persons killed in the accidents, the highest number was of those riding two-wheelers. Chandigarh also figures in the road accident profile of million-plus cities.