Road mishaps claimed 162 lives in 2009 in Pondy

Puducherry: The Union Territory of Puducherry recorded 162 fatal road accidents in 2009, with most victims dying of head injuries, a top police official said.

Senior Superintendent of Police B Srikanth told reporters here that there were a total of 2000 accidents in 2009, of which 162 were fatal and around 1220 non fatal.

He said the deaths of vehicle riders was largely due to riders not using helmets and urged them to do so

Srikanth said fatal road accidents were largely seen on thoroughfares between Puducherry and Cuddalore, Villupuram and Chennai on the East Coast Road segment.