Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 15. (PTI): There has been a sharp increase in road accidents in Kerala, with recent studies showing that an average of 112 mishaps that claim at least nine lives are reported every day.
The toll in road mishaps in the past 14 years stood at 35,000, which matches the population of a panchayat in the State, according to figures released at a workshop organised recently by the National Transportation and Research Centre and the Alcohol and Drug Information Centre.
About 10 lakh people suffered injuries in road accidents during this period.
The financial loss due to road mishaps was estimated to be Rs 600 crore a year.
Two-wheelers were involved in the highest number of accidents, followed by autorickshaws and buses.
While 90 per cent of accidents were caused by negligent driving, drunk driving was also a major cause of accidents.
Participants in the workshop argued for conscious efforts to develop a road safety culture to prevent accidents.