MULTAN: Road accidents were still on the rise in south Punjab despite risen voice of thousands of employees from federal and provincial government departments on road safety. Over 550,000 people met road accidents in this region in the last 13 years, many of whom had become physically handicapped as a result of these accidents. This was stated in the Rescue 1122 report.
According to the information available in the report, 560,392 road accidents had occurred from 2004-2017 in south Punjab. Moreover, the ratio of these accidents was increasing every passing year despite tall claims by the government of curtailment of road accidents.
Only few departments of the government work to stop these kinds of accidents which included National Highway and Motorway, Patrolling Police, Traffic Police and warden transport authority. These departments had always ensured people to reduce the rate of these accidents by training them on traffic laws. However, according to rescue 1122 report, most of the road accidents were caused by fast speeding vehicles and non-cautious behavior of their drivers. Moreover, most of the accidents were motorcycle accidents.
According to the information provided in the report, from 2004 to 2017, 106,789 road accidents were occurred in Multan, 54,350 road accidents were occurred in Bahawalpur, 40,966 road accidents were occurred in DG Khan, 50,294 road accidents were occurred in Rahim Yar Khan, 37,078 road accidents were occurred in Khanewal, 15,567 road accidents were occurred in Rajanpur, 21,137 road accidents were occurred in Muzaffargarh, 20,032 road accidents were occurred in Bahawal Nagar, 19,215 road accidents were occurred in Vehari, 19,446 road accidents were occurred in Lodhran and 14,379 road accidents road accidents were occurred in Layyah .
Furthermore, number of road accidents in district Multan was 30,739 from 2015 to 2017 and the number of people who died in these accidents was 301. 36,258 people suffered injuries in these accidents including 28,701 males and 7,557 females. 28,000 people were on motorcycles, 3,979 were in cars, 1,126 in trucks, 5,328 in rikshaws and 1,121 people were in vans in these accidents.
In 8,298 of these accidents, people lost their legs. In 942 accidents, victims suffered from spinal injuries and 4,504 accidents caused injuries on head. 7,531 accidents were caused due to fast speeding, 12,562 accidents were caused due to unconscious driving, 5,231 accidents were caused due to wrong U-turns and three accidents were reported due to one-wheeling.
According to the report, most of the road accidents were caused by fast speeding and ignorance of traffic laws. However, the government had invested a big amount to train people about traffic rules.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 8th, 2018.
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