Over 4,700 lost lives in road accidents in TN

Tamil Nadu continued to be a notorious state for road accidents in the country, with 18,188 accidents reported claiming 4,735 lives between January and November last year.

Last Updated: Jan 06, 2012, 14:48 PM IST

Chennai: Tamil Nadu continued to be a notorious
state for road accidents in the country, with 18,188 accidents
reported claiming 4,735 lives between January and November
last year.

This is higher by 231, as in the corresponding period in
2010, 4,504 lives were lost, according to a data obtained from
State Traffic Planning Cell.

"These are only figures who lost their lives in the accident
spot. Many more might have lost their lives few days or weeks
after accidents. They are not counted in this data," a senior
police official said.

"Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh are the states
with most number of road accidents every year in the country.
Though Maharashtra ranks one in the number of registered
vehicles, Tamil Nadu surpasses it in the number of accidents
and fatalities," the official said.

Another 1,657 persons were grievously injured,while 20,224
persons suffered simple injuries up to November 30 last year.

The data showed that 9,943 persons were taken to hospital
during the golden hour by highway patrol vehicles and 7,862
lives were saved.

A maximum of 5,492 accidents have happened between noon
and 6 pm, followed by 5,133 between 6 pm and midnight.

Of the total 1,36,60,717 vehicles registered in Tamil
Nadu, a whopping 1,12,07,338 two wheelers (a little over 82
per cent) are two wheelers.

PTI