Ranchi: In the year 2020, Jharkhand witnessed 4,377 road accident cases, which caused 3,044 deaths and 3303 people got injured which means, in Jharkhand on an average almost 10 people die in road accidents every day.
Ten percent of these deaths are related to bystanders or people walking on the road and 07 percent of bicycle riders lost their lives in road accidents.
As per the data released by the Road Safety Authority, 92 percent of these accidents were caused due to over speeding, 02 percent of these cases were related to drink and drive, 04 percent due to driving in the wrong direction and 1percenr of these accident cases happened during the red light crossing.
Out of these accidents, Khunti registered the highest number of cases while Ranchi recorded the 2nd highest cases with Gumla being at number three. Godda, Pakur and Sahibganj districts reported minimum road accident cases.
During a recently held state-level meeting of the State Road Safety Council Chief Minister Hemant Soren raised his concern and asked the officials to take every concrete measures to control these deaths. He said that the youth aged between 18-35 years are losing their lives which is a matter of concern. He said that there was a need to find a solution and directed that at any cost speeding should be controlled on roads and highways and had asked to take every measures to reduce the causes of road accidents.
To reduce the number of death cases due to accidents, the government of Jharkhand is planning to establish at least one trauma centre in each district of Jharkhand. At present, a level-1 trauma centre is operational in RIMS Ranchi, whereas 03 level-3 trauma centres are operational at Barhi in Hazaribagh, Nagar Utari in Garhwa and Baharagora in East Singhbhum. Three more such centres are under construction at Ghatshila, Koderma and Lohardaga. Soon, every district will be equipped with at least one trauma centre with all modern primary treatment facility.
In 2020, 39 percent accidents involved two wheelers, Car, Jeep, Van and Taxi accident accounted for 18 percent while in 16 percent Trucks were involved. Express way witnessed only 1 percent accident while National Highways 39 percent, State Highways 18 percent. In terms of area wise accidents 24 percent in residential area, 2 per cent in educational area, 19 percent in market area and 55 percent in other areas.