BENGALURU: Karnataka tops the chart of road accident deaths that occurred due to overspeeding in the country during 2019, according to latest data from National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB).
The NCRB data said India witnessed 1,54,732 road accident deaths in 2019, and 86,241 of them were due to overspeeding motorists. Of this, Karnataka accounted for 9,314 (or 10.8%) and Tamil Nadu came a close second with 8,832 (or 10.2%) deaths.
In Karnataka, overspeeding accounted for 85% of all road accident deaths in 2019. Of 10,966 road accident deaths, 9,314 occurred due to overspeeding.
Uttar Pradesh topped the chart of overall road fatalities with 27,661 deaths, followed by Maharashtra (18,524) and Madhya Pradesh (13,497). Karnataka stood sixth in the overall road accident fatalities.
Roads have improved, not driving skills: ADGP
DGP and traffic expert MA Saleem said Agood road surface and lack of driving skills are the main reasons behind the accidents occurring due to ‘overspeeding’.
“The quality of many state and national highways in Karnataka has improved… But driving skills have not improved in tandem. A person driving in the middle of a threelane highway suddenly veers to the right lane, forcing the driver coming behind to lose control and rear-end the vehicle ahead. Strict enforcement with regular patrolling will help in bringing down the number of accidents,” he said.