An 8% drop in the total number of deaths from road accidents has been recorded in Pakistan between a six-year period of 2015 and 2020, revealed the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics.
The accessible statistics presented that Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa contributed to up to 80% of the total road accidents all over Pakistan.
Afzal Shigri, a retired senior police officer enlightened the media that hilly areas like KP are more susceptible to accidents due to various reasons. Most accidents happen there owing to hazardous weather and difficult road networks.
Crime-related stats are also always under-reported, said Dr. Shoaib Suddle, another retired police officer. He was shocked to know a huge number of road accidents in KP in spite of a small number of cars and people in that area as compared to other parts of the country.
Moreover, the data reveal that about 40% of total accidents in Pakistan prove disastrous. As per the data, almost 68,322 road accidents took place in the previous six years, from which 27,629 proved fatal.
Punjab reported 29,706 accidents which is the highest number of accidents- both fatal and non-fatal. Consequently, this made up 43% of the total accidents from 2015 to 2020.
KP, in the meantime, observed 25,040 accidents, making up nearly 37% of the total accidents. Islamabad Capital Territory, Sindh, Balochistan, Gilgit-Baltistan, and Azad Jammu and Kashmir indicated the least accidents as compared to those taking place in KP and Punjab.
The acquisitive road accidents in these two provinces and three territories were not even half overall of what took place in only Punjab and KP.
However, in Sindh, a total of 5,543 accidents took place in the last six years, while in GB, AJK, ICT, and Balochistan, the integer of total accidents from 2015 to 2020 were 1,007, 2,486, 1,373, and 2,536, respectively.