Nalgonda: There was a decline in the number of accidents in the district in 2016 compared to 2015 due to road safety measures taken up by the district police.
Around 923 accidents occurred in the district, in which 307 persons were killed and 1,002 were injured in 2016.
The number of road accidents came down to 923 in 2016 from 1,070 in 2015. Simultaneously, the number of casualties reduced to 307 in 2016 from 320 in the previous year, while the number of injured came down to 1,002 from 1,227. Out of 923 accidents this year, 282 were fatal and 641 were non-fatal accidents.
A unique road safety measure by the district police, forming the divisional-level Accident Resolution Teams (ART), to avoid recurrence of accidents at accident prone spots, is giving good results. The ART teams comprise of officials from the Police Department, Road and Transport Department, TSRTC and local residents. It was constituted in January 2015 to submit reports to higher officials over the reasons for accidents on National Highways, State Highways and other roads.
The district has 63 km of National Highway. Accidents on National Highways came down to 112 in 2016 from 146 in 2015. However, the number of deaths in accidents on National Highways increased to 46 in 2016 from 39 in 2015.
Moreover, 179 km of State Highways are also passing through the district and accidents on these roads have witnessed a steep decline. The number of accidents on State Highways fell to 298 in 2016 from 403 in 2015. On the others roads, including Panchayat Raj, which have 1,440 km long roads, the number of accidents fell to 513 in 2016 from 521 in 2015.
Due to the initiatives taken up by the district police, accident prone areas came down to 18 in 2016 from 24 in 2015.