The road accidents across J&K claimed more than thousand lives last year while more than 7,000 people were injured, an official report has revealed.
The data compiled by state Crime Branch (CB) shows that 1006 persons – 824 males and 182 females died in road accidents while 7718 persons including 6206 males and 1512 females were injured.
The Jammu division witnessed most number of accidents, compared to Kashmir and Ladakh divisions.
Of 1006 people who died in these accidents, 136 were killed in Jammu; 103 in Kathua; 101 in Samba; 89 in Ramban; 71 in Rajouri; 59 in Udhampur; 44 in Poonch; 39 in Kishtwar; 37 in Reasi 37 and 21 in Doda.
Similarly, in Leh 48 people – 22 men and 26 women died in the road accidents, and in Kargil five people lost their lives in such accidents.
In Kashmir the road accidents claimed 253 lives with summer capital Srinagar recording highest deaths of 46 persons. Similarly the number of people killed in the accidents were 39 in Anantnag; 26 in Awantipora; 22 in Baramulla; 20 in Ganderbal, 16 in Budgam; 14 each in Kupwara and Pulwama, 13 each in Sopore and Kulgam, 11 in Shopian and 10 in Handwara.
During the last five years there has been an increase in the road accidents. According to the CB data at least 6000 road accidents were recorded last year, showing a jump of 373 accidents compared to 2017.
Similarly, in 2014 the State witnessed 5,865 road accidents with Jammu region topping the list with 3,897 accidents.
However, in 2015 there was a drop in the accidents compared to the previous year.
The State recorded 5843 accidents that year and the number dropped to 5500 accidents the next year.
This number increased in 2017 when the CB registered 5626 road accident cases. In 2018 the number of road accidents jumped to 6000. A total of 6206 men and 1512 women were injured in the accidents that year.
Jammu and Kashmir ranks second across India vis-à-vis road accidents with an average of over 900 deaths every year, during the last five years, according to Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highway.
J&K Government had introduced J&K Road Safety Council Act last year which provides for constitution of the State Road Safety Council to ensure and regulate road safety across the state. However, there has been no change witnessed on the ground.