Odisha Sees Decrease In Road Accidents
Heavy penalties that had been introduced under the amended Motor Vehicles Act in September 2019 has been working wonders. As per recent data, Odisha’s road accident record has benefited immensely, with the state registering a very marginal increase in 2019.
The state had seen accident-related deaths increase alarmingly by 9.5% in 2015, 3.7% in 2016, 7.3% in 2017 and 11% in 2018. However, it has recorded only a 0.3% spike in 2019. The state transport department said that a total of 5,333 persons had died due to road-related causes, up from 5315 deaths in 2018.
Though the fatalities had increased by 9.6% for the first eight months year-on-year, the trend was reversed from September onwards, when the amended MV act came into force. With news of unimaginably high penalties doing the rounds, riders and drivers have been more cautious on the roads than ever before.
Data from the same source revealed that accident fatalities had plunged by 12% in September, 18.7% in October, 6.6% in November and by a whopping 26.9% in December last year. Districts like Angul, Gajapati, Nayagarh, Sambalpur, Nuapada, Bargarh and Cuttack recorded a 10% decline in accidents compared to 2018.