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Mumbai: Poor road signs, lack of warnings cause most mishaps

Mumbai: Two-thirds of the motorists in the megapolis, known for its potholed roads in the monsoons, have blamed the poor road signs and lack of warnings as the main reasons for the mounting accidents, according to a survey.

Potholes in Malad

The motorists who participated in the survey picked the western suburb of Dindoshi, and the eastern fringes of Vikhroli and Chembur as the deathtraps in the city for them during the rainy season.

There are not enough road signs and warnings during the rains which are leading to higher road accidents in the city during the monsoons, said the survey commissioned by Chevrolet (GM India).

As many as 569 more road accidents took place during monsoons in 2015 over 2014. Accidents rise during the season (June-September) as more than 89 per cent of motorists change the way of driving during the rains, it said.

The tony south zone saw the lowest number of road accidents between January 2014 and April 2016. Over one-third, or 35 per cent of the respondents, cited defective roads as the main cause of accidents followed by fault of the driver of the other vehicle (26 per cent).

Sixty-five per cent blamed over speeding/rash driving and 54 per cent cited drunk driving as the cause of accidents.

The top three common concerns mentioned during rains are poor road conditions like potholes, open manholes and slippery road.

Between January 2014 and April 2016, the northern regions topped in road accidents with 6,351 mishaps (Dindoshi 3,304 and Dahisar 3,047), followed by the western region with 4,741 mishaps (Vakola 2,499 and BKC 2,242).

The eastern region came third with 5,074 mishaps (Vikhroli 2,930, Saki Naka 2,144), the central region reported 4,874 (Chembur 2,389 and Matunga 2,485), and the southern region had the lowest (1,413).

Two-wheeler accidents have increased by over 67 per cent in 2015 over 2014. The survey, which saw participation from 1,269 people, was carried out by Nielsen and ValueNotes.

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