Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic) N N Chaudhary on Wednesday, shared the data that Ahmedabad saw a 14% increase in road accidents in 2022 when compared to the previous year.
Launching the road safety week from the Ahmedabad One Mall at Vastrapur, he stated that the city saw 1,447 cases of road accidents in 2022, with 462 people killed in the 443 fatal accidents. There were 1,231 road accidents in 2021, with 403 people killed.
He said to the media that “Keeping in mind the increasing number of road accidents, the traffic safety week is being organised to spread awareness and decrease cases of road accidents.”
Throughout the week, sessions will be held to raise awareness among truck drivers, state transportation bus drivers, city transportation bus drivers, and autorickshaw drivers. He also mentioned that there will be interactions with school children about traffic safety.
“Most of the fatal accidents involve two-wheeler riders, especially those who do not wear helmets,” said Ahmedabad Road Transport Officer Ruturaj Desai. All accidents occur because people fail to follow traffic laws, such as wearing helmets and seat belts. The majority of calls to 108 emergency are for traffic accidents.”