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Forget terror, road accidents kill more people in Kashmir

May 8, 2024

Srinagar: More than 185 people were killed and 1530 others injured in 1200 road accidents in Kashmir till March this year.

Srinagar tops the list with 96 accidents.

According to the data released by the J&K Traffic Police, there were  1214 accidents up to March, 144 have been documented as fatal and 1070 as non-fatal.

The data reveals that district Srinagar has witnessed the highest number of accidents, with March alone accounting for 39 accidents in the district. This constitutes 6 fatalities and 42 injuries.

Following closely behind Srinagar, Anantnag district, as per the data, reported 53 accidents during the same period, resulting in 6 deaths and 73 injuries. However, the highest number of fatalities up to March was observed in Baramulla district, with 13 reported deaths and 56 injuries.

In response to these statistics, people have called for urgent and concerted efforts to tackle the root causes of road accidents through public awareness about safe driving practices, improving infrastructure, and implementing stricter traffic laws.

Expressing concern over the rising toll of lives and injuries on Kashmir’s roads, Mukhtar Ahmad, a cab driver, said immediate action is needed to curb the rising trend of road accidents.

He urged authorities to prioritize road safety measures and enforce stringent regulations to mitigate the loss of lives and injuries to ensure safer travel for all residents and visitors alike. (With KNO inputs)

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