Yamuna Expressway became one of the deadliest highways in India

Yamuna Expressway, one of India’s finest road networks, has also become one of the deadliest motorways.

Over 1,600 deaths have been reported on the Yamuna Expressway in 2016, a rate that has gone up 100 per cent since 2014. Over-speeding, drunk driving are the main causes of these fatal accidents.

According to the report, more than 73 per cent of the accidents on the Expressway were attributed to over-speeding and drunk driving. While 54.1 per cent of the victims were in the age group of 15-34 years, the majority of accidents took place between 1 am and 5 am, when traffic is thin and on-road help hard to come by.

“Speeding and drunk driving are the most common causes of accidents on this stretch where checks by police and highway authorities are almost negligible. CCTVs end up merely recording accidents but no follow-up corrective steps are taken by authorities,” said Prince Singhal, founder of the Community Against Drunken Driving (CADD), which prepared the report.

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