Bhubaneswar, Nov 22 (Localwire): Ten districts of the state have been identified as the worst accident-prone corridors accounting for 2,233 fatalities during the first nine months of the current year, according to State Transport Authority (STA).
If the statistics reeled out by STA are any indication, Sundargarh district with 313 deaths, has recorded highest number of road accident deaths from 1 January to 30 September.
Sundargarh is followed by Ganjam (301), Khurda (271), Keonjhar (242), Mayurbhanj (238), Cuttack (237),Balasore (192), Jajpur (179), Angul (155) and Bhadrak (139).
Of the 30 districts in the state, the southern district of Gajapati has emerged as the safest road corridor with 46 people getting killed in the last nine months.
The other districts which registered less number of road accident deaths are Sonepur (49), Malkangiri (60), Deogarh (69) and Jagatsinghpur (73), STA officials said.
The people who lost their lives due to road accidents were pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.
State highways and national highways accounted for more than 90% road accidents.
Unregulated vehicular traffic, violation of road safety norms and unauthorized roadside parking contributed to the rise in the mishaps.
Residential localities, educational institutions, busy marketplaces and vegetable mandis located by the side of the highway result in accident-prone zones.
The highways have been encroached upon at strategic traffic junctions with haphazard parking of vehicles by the road side instead of at the assigned lay-bys.
Quite a number of accidents have been recorded as speeding vehicles hit the parked ones.
Over-speeding and drunken driving also attributed for the spurt in road mishaps along with non-installation of traffic signals.