Hyderabad: The lockdown enforced to contain the spread of Covid-19 virus from March 24 to the first week of May has resulted in significant dip in road accidents in the State.
The accidents along with fatalities were reduced by 75 per cent in April when complete lockdown was in force. Road accidents started dipping from Janata Curfew enforced on March 22 and continued the downward trend even after lifting lockdown on May 6, according to police records.
In March 2020, as many as 512 deaths took place and 1718 people sustained injuries in 1596 accidents as against 645 deaths that occurred in 2011 accidents injuring 2,137 people in March 2019.
Police officials said the drastic dip in road accidents was due to lockdown during which people confined mostly themselves to their houses only.
Barring for three days, the fatalities were confined to single digit in April. There were zero deaths in 11 accidents that took place on April 10, 2020 as against 18 deaths in 56 accidents in the corresponding period last year.
Only one death was reported in the State on April 5, 6 and 24 and two deaths on April 1. In all, 156 deaths occurred while 415 people suffered injuries in 448 accidents in April 2020 compared to 634 deaths in 1,824 accidents in April 2019 injuring 1,953 people.
Both May and June in 2020 registered 463 fatalities in 1,225 and 1,319 accidents respectively as against 674 and 634 fatalities in 1,979 and 1,928 accidents respectively in the corresponding period last year.
Some accidents occurred during lockdown because of reckless driving on the empty roads. On March 28, eight persons, including an infant, who were among a group of migrant labourers returning home in Raichur district in Karnataka died in a road accident on Pedda Golconda on the Outer Ring Road (ORR).
Thirty-one labourers employed by a construction firm in Suryapet district were traveling in an open truck when their vehicle was hit by a truck loaded with mangoes from the rear. In view of the nationwide lockdown, the labourers were returning home when the accident occurred.
No traffic congestion
Centre of Excellence and Disaster Management Principal Investigator KM Laxman Rao said the motorists were able to drive comfortably as they were no defined targets for them to complete their task during the lockdown.
“As there is no traffic congestion, accidents tend to decline,” said Murthy, who is also the Chief Engineer of Engineering Department in JNTU.
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