GUWAHATI: Assam recorded over 3000 deaths in around 8000 road accidents in 2019. Thanks to rash and drunken driving in addition to the bad road and weather conditions.
On Thursday also, at least six people have died in two road accidents in the state. While five people were killed in a road mishap that took place in Dibrugarh’s Lepetkata on Thursday morning, another person died in Dhakuakhana in Lakhimpur.
Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal directed the Dibrugarh district administration to make all arrangements for the treatment of the injured.
In the Dibrugarh incident, the road accident occurred on National Highway 37 when an SUV in which the victims were traveling lost control and smashed into a truck parked by the side of the road. Eyewitnesses said five people died on the spot. All of them were coming from Dhemaji.
The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) report said, “In Assam, the maximum casualties were from road accidents which caused 3,245 deaths in 2019. Some 1479 died on the national highways, 1049 on the other roads and 717 on the state highways. A total of 8,055 road accidents were recorded in Assam in 2019.”
The bureau added that some 1780 people in Assam died due to overspeeding and 823 others due to dangerous or careless driving or over-taking, among others.
“At least 108 persons died due to drunken driving while weather conditions triggered by poor visibility resulted in 246 deaths in the state,” NCRB informed.