The Punjab Statistical Survey, which was announced in March earlier this year, reveals that the total number of accidents recorded in the previous year have reached 4186, out of which 48.4% attribute as ‘Fatal’ and 51.5% as ‘Non-Fatal’. The interesting piece of information, however is revealed by the raised number of persons directly involved in these accidents. The number of casualties (killed and Injured) increased by 4.77% as opposed to the previous year’s data.
It seems even introducing new campaigns and passing new laws have not worked out for the Punjab Traffic Police.
Three types of major accidents occur on the highways: unskilled drivers driving without a licence, over-speeding and overtaking without proper indication.
An auto-industry survey conducted by PakWheels.com reveals that 24% of the drivers on the roads have admitted to not having a licence. The sample set of this survey featured 11,000+ Pakistanis from across the country, and alarmingly teenage drivers stack-up 41% of the above mentioned figure of unlicensed drivers in Pakistan.
At the same time, the mentality of driving a vehicle without a proper licence and knowledge is very dangerous. As revealed by International Driving Symposium on Human Factors in Driver Assessment, Training and Vehicle Design; drivers with no prior training checked their right side 20.3% less than the trained driver in a risky driving scenario.