NEW DELHI: The number of road fatalities in India has not fallen during January-September period of 2019, rather the numbers have increased marginally as compared to last year, Union road transport minister Nitin Gadkari told Rajya Sabha on Monday. “It is true that after I looked at statistics today, I am saddened to say there has not been much change in the number of road accidents as well as those killed,” Gadkari said while was responding to a query. The minister quoted provisional data obtained from the Supreme Court Committee on Road Safety for January-September 2019 period from 26 states and five Union Territories. He said during this period over 3.39 lakh accidents took place and 1,12,735 people lost their lives. During the same period in 2018, over 3.46 lakh accidents took place, causing deaths of 1,12,469 people. Sources said the impact of new provisions of higher penalty for traffic offences will be known when the accidents and death data of last quarter (October-December 29) will be out. The amended Motor Vehicle law has come into force from September 1. Road accidents occur due to multiple causes such as over speeding, use of mobile phones, drunken driving, overloaded vehicles, poor light conditions, jumping red lights, overtaking and neglect of civic bodies among other reasons.
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