'Girlfriends to blame for road deaths'

Nov 12, 2012, 06:28 IST | Agencies

Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh asserts that a deadly trio of riding flashy motorbikes, speaking on the cellphone while driving and trying to impress women has caused a jump in fatal road accidents among young people

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh said a deadly trio of riding flashy motorbikes, speaking on the telephone while driving and trying to impress women has caused a jump in fatal road accidents among young people.

“If there is a good motorcycle, a good mobile and a good girlfriend then accidents are bound to happen,” Singh said during a traffic safety conference yesterday.


On a high on the highway: Raman Singh said that 55 to 60% of all road accident victims were youths. Representation Pic

More than 1.10 lakh people were killed in the country in road accidents in 2011 — more than 300 every day — according to the National Crime Records Bureau, with bad roads, speeding vehicles and poor driving among the many contributing factors.

Singh told a seminar in the state capital Raipur that 55 to 60 per cent of all road accident victims were youths. “It’s a common sight to see youngsters driving two-wheelers while talking on cellphones which often leads to accidents. Youths should avoid such habits,” Singh said.

Singh lamented that while people spent large sums on motorcycles, they were often reluctant to buy proper helmets.

1.10 lakhNumber of people killed in the country in road accidents in 2011 — more than 300 every day — according to the National Crime Records Bureau

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