NEW DELHI: Fatalities resulting from road accidents in India have risen by about 3.2% during the year 2016. However, road accidents have decreased by around 4.1% during 2016, with the year seeing 4,80,652 road accidents as against 5,01,423 in 2015. Nearly 1,50,785 persons were killed in 2016 as against 1,46,133 in 2015.
Releasing the Ministry’s annual publication ‘Road Accidents in India-2016‘ the Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Shipping, Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Nitin Gadkari said that while the accident and fatality figures still leave a lot to be desired in the matter of ensuring road safety, the trends are encouraging.
Minister informed that the positive trend of 2016 is further bolstered by the accident figures for the first half of 2017, where there has been a 3% reduction in road accidents between January to July 2017, along with a 4.75 % reduction in road accident fatalities.