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5k killed in crashes due to collision with parked vehicles in 2019 | India News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: The number of persons killed due to collision with parked vehicles has increased alarmingly in the past three years – from 2,317 in 2017 to 4,780 in 2018 and claimed a maximum of 5,086 lives during last year.
The increase in fatalities due to such reasons have once again exposed how the country direly needs a robust highway patrol or police system to prevent these crashes. The fatal crash on the Prayagraj-Lucknow highway in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday night claiming 14 lives including six children after an SUV rammed a truck, which was parked at the side of the highway due a punctured tyre, has also pointed to how there is complete absence a vigil highway patrolling.
According to road transport ministry’s Road Accidents in India report, UP reported maximum such deaths. During last year 1,223 persons were killed in such crashes in UP and in 2018, this number stood at 1,299. The data compiled based on the reports from state police show that in 2018, Gujarat reported second highest such fatalities (478) followed by Haryana (353). However, during last year, Punjab reported the second highest number of such deaths (647) followed by Punjab.
While the investigators are yet to conclude whether the truck driver had put cautionary signs to alert other drivers about the punctured and parked vehicle, road safety experts said such safe practices are hardly visible on Indian roads. “We have all good provisions on the paper. But until we have good and visible enforcement, there won’t be any change in the attitude of violators. The issue of a dedicated highway patrol or police has never got any attention despite this having been a matter of several discussions,” said a former secretary of road transport ministry.
In fact, patrolling the highways is hardly a priority of state traffic or general police as they are preoccupied with their daily task.

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