The coronavirus-induced lockdown may have come down hard on people, who were forced to stay indoors for over two months, but there is also a silver lining in it.
The deaths due to road accidents across India witnessed a dramatic drop of 62 percent during the lockdown between March 24 and May 31.
During the said period, 24 states reported 8,976 fewer fatalities and over 25,000 fewer road accidents. Also, nearly 26,000 fewer persons were injured as compared to the corresponding period in 2019.
As per the data, Maharashtra saw the biggest drop of 1,632 road fatalities, followed by Rajasthan (1,171), Gujarat (900), Bihar (898), and Telangana (604).
The report said that the analysis of the data found that the severity of road crashes, which is deaths per 100 crashes, was higher during these 69 days as compared to the last year.
Interestingly, it was not only during the lockdown but the first quarter of 2020 also witnessed a drop in road fatalities and accidents as compared to the January-March period of last year.
Uttar Pradesh witnessed the maximum drop in road fatalities in the first quarter of 2020. The state reported 5,317 road deaths in January-March this year against 5,838 in the corresponding period last year – a decline of 521 fatalities (8 percent).
UP was followed by Maharashtra, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala. Delhi registered 157 fewer fatalities than last year.
(with inputs from english jagran)