Every Third Person Involved In A Fatal Road Accident Is A Youth — Report

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A latest 'Road Accident' report by the Union Road Transport Ministry shows that every third person involved in a fatal road accident is a youth.

Every Third Person Involved In A Fatal Road Accident Is A Youth — Report

In 2015, around 48,420 were killed in road accidents and they were between the age group of 15 to 24 years. When taken the age group between 15 to 34 years, the number of fatalities were more, 79,000.

Every Third Person Involved In A Fatal Road Accident Is A Youth — Report

The above mentioned figures amount to 54 percent of all recorded road fatalities, and of that percentage, 47 percent of road accidents were a result of driving above the speed limit (over speeding).

Every Third Person Involved In A Fatal Road Accident Is A Youth — Report

Globally, the concern is the same. A report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) states that road accident is the biggest killer when it comes to people between the age group of 15 to 29 years.

Every Third Person Involved In A Fatal Road Accident Is A Youth — Report

One way to avoid such accidents is to increase penalty for overspeeding, which is currently the case. Other steps that could be implemented is education about safety, the harmful effects of using a mobile phone while driving, and better filtration when a driver's licence is issued, among others.

Every Third Person Involved In A Fatal Road Accident Is A Youth — Report

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Story first published: Monday, January 30, 2017, 14:07 [IST]
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