NEW DELHI: Nearly 1.34 lakh people lost their lives in road crashes due to negligence during 2020, though the figure is nearly 12% less than that of 2019.
According to the Crime in India 2020 report by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), which collates the registered offences under the IPC, Uttar Pradesh continues to top the list with 23,121 such fatalities. Madhya Pradesh had second maximum fatalities on this account and replaced Karnataka. In 2019, Karnataka had registered the second highest such deaths in police records.
The data show that during last year, 45,229 people were killed in ‘hit and run’ cases, which is nearly 34% of the total fatalities registered under negligence relating to road crashes. During 2019, the number of such victims stood at 52,540,, which was 34.5% of the total such fatalities in the police record.
Data also show that in 2020, police across states and UTs arrested 79,308 people for the offence, which included 259 women. The report also mentions that 26 juveniles, including a girl, were apprehended by police for this offence.
“Everyone expected road deaths will reduce significantly in 2020 due to lockdown and restrictions on movement across the country. But the final data doesn’t reflect this. So, we need to find solutions based on scientific studies and evidence. Going by this report, the number of deaths due to all road crashes may be higher when the NCRB comes out with the report on deaths due to accidents,” said Amar Srivastava, founder of India Road Safety Campaign and member of the National Road Safety Council.