Bengaluru, Sept 23: Pictures of potholes and sink holes are common on the front pages of any newspaper these days. And the consequences are also visible. Going by the statistics provided by the Bengaluru City police, road accidents in Bengaluru in 2015 till the month of August accounts for 3278 already, out of which 494 were fatal, 511 not-related to the accident directly were killed.
It has been reported that 139,671 people lost their lives on India's roads during 2014, which accounts for 382 deaths every day. [Deadline set to make Bengaluru roads free from killer potholes]
This, compared to the total number of civilian and security personnel deaths due to terrorism will put us to shame. Terrorism-related deaths were 83 in all of 2014.
Incidentally, most of those who die on the roads are killed due to speeding, drunk driving and overloading.
While speeding is considered the prime factor for the killer roads tag. In the year 2014, 57,844 death, which again accounted for 41% of the total road accidents was caused due to speeding. Even if a portion of this occurs in Bengaluru, bad roads here intensify the gravity of the accidents.