Road accidents down by 18%: Govt

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NEW DELHI: The number of road crashes has reduced in the past two years and by nearly 18% during last year, which the government claimed as an impact of the amended Motor Vehicle Act. In a written reply, the road transport ministry said while 4.7 lakh crashes were recorded in 2018, this fell to 4.5 lakh in 2019 and to 3.6 lakh during last year.
The sharp decline registered last year was also due to Covid-19 induced nationwide lockdown and subsequent restriction on movement across different states. The ministry said the amended law passed by Parliament focuses on road safety and has provisions such as hike in penalties for traffic violations, electronic monitoring of violations and enhanced penalties for juvenile driving.

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