MUMBAi: Nearly 72% of those involved in road accidents in the state are in the age group of 20-40 years and 85% of the injured are maimed for life, highway police said.
State additional director-general of police (highways) Vijay Kamble said road accidents were “extremely distressing” for family members of victims as most of those maimed were the bread-winners. Speaking at the inauguration of the Road Safety Fortnight, he said, “Road accident is the state’s eighth highest killer. If we do not create awareness on road safety and fail to take precautionary measures, it may become the fifth highest cause of death in the state by 2030.” He said countries like Malaysia and Indonesia had taken several measures in the last few years to drastically reduce road fatalities. “The US has more than double the number of cars as India, but there are fewer accidents. Even China has reduced road fatalities,” he said.