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Drop in fatal road accidents

The National Council for Road Safety (NCRS) statistics reveal that there is a considerable decrease in the number of fatal road accidents this year, compared to previous years.

According to the NCRS, 698 persons died in accidents by the end of March this year. But during the same period last year (2018), the number was 849.

These statistics reveal that there is a decrease in the number of fatalities by 151 in the first three months of this year compared with last year, NCRS Chairman Dr. Sisira Kodagoda said.

“Generally a fatal accident occurs every three hours, totalling eight deaths a day. This was a serious situation and we had to take tough measures as the country was losing valuable lives in road accidents daily,” he said.

The NCRS took many measures to minimise road accidents on the advice of Transport Minister Arjuna Ranatunga. As an outcome of those measures, the number of fatal road accidents has reduced significantly compared to previous years.

Of the 698 deaths reported during the three-month period this year, 216 are pedestrians, 239 motorcyclists, 40 pillion riders, 51 drivers, 96 passengers, and 56 foot cyclists.

Last year, of the 849 deaths reported during the three-month period, 243 were pedestrians, 294 motorcyclists, 55 pillion riders, 68 drivers, 114 passengers, and 75 foot cyclists.

The highest number of deaths in both years was of motorcyclists. The use of substandard helmets contributed tremendously to increase in the number of deaths of motorcyclists and pillion riders, Dr. Kodagoda said.


 

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