25% fatal road accidents are due to drunken driving: Minister


In India, 51204 persons were killed in road accidents in 2015, whereas 1, 45,341 persons were injured. This information was provided by the Minister of State for Road Transport & Highways, Shri Pon Radhakrishnan in a written statement issued here. If we look back in 2014 the total deaths in road accidents were 47849 and 45612 in 2013. The figures definitely indicate regular increase in accidental deaths on Indian roads. There is an increase every year in the number of accidents too, the figure read 1,36,786 in 2013 and 1,37,903 in 2014.

The figures also clear that the total number of persons killed due to intake of Alcohol in respect of all roads are around 25% of the total deaths as it was 6463 in 2013, 6968 in 2014 and 6755 in 2015.

The Minister said, “In the wake of increasing number of road accidents due to drunken driving, Chief Secretaries /Principal Secretaries/Secretaries (Transport) of all States/UTs have been requested to ensure that no license is issued to liquor vendors along National Highways. The State Governments have also been requested to review cases wherever the license had already been given for liquor vendors along National Highways for taking corrective actions.”

The Chairman NHAI has also requested all Chief Secretaries to remove liquor shops on the National Highways and not to allow new liquor vendor in future.

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Arvind Sharma is a permanent resident of Dharamshala in HP, and is an award winning bi-lingual journalist with more than 22 years of experience. He started his writing career from local weekly Himachal Kesri and later worked with Divya Himachal, Dainik Jagran, Dainik Bhaskar, Vir Partap and Ajit. Currently, he is working with news agency PTI. He was conferred with the Himachal Kesri journalism award in 2010.

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