Road Accidents in Chennai

All of us have at one time or other bitched about road conditions and accidents in Chennai. The Government statistics too seem to agree with us. Last month there was a question in Lok Sabha about road accidents in the country.

In the annexure to the question, the Government gives city wise break up of the number of road accidents in metros. Chennai stands second, with only Delhi worse than us.


CITIES 2004 2005 2006

CHENNAI 4873 7875 7359

DELHI 8218 8531 8385

KOLKATA 2164 2366 2379

MUMBAI 3340 4360 4151

TOTAL 18595 23132 22274

Look carefully. Of all the cities, Chennai’s road accidents have increased dramatically from 2004 to 2005. Is this due to (ironically) the increased number of road works all over the city? Or due to the expanded Greater Chennai Police limits? Or plain increase in number of bad drivers?

Whatever it is, be careful while on the road.

Lok Sabha Question
Annexure to the Question

2 Comments so far

  1. ramp on March 20th, 2008 @ 11:28 pm

    Yes. Sometime back, I spent a few days trying to figure out how people get some of the bad driving habits that we are seeing everyday in the city… Here is my take: Its got to be the Driving "schools". Just like how our kids pick up bad habits from school. Check out this post here

  2. slakhs on March 23rd, 2008 @ 1:04 pm


    I think the increase is due to expanded police limits but even then the rate is very high wrt to the people & vehicle population.


    The two-wheeler and auto drivers dont goto any driving school and aren’t they even worse?


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