Assam reported 107 Road Traffic Accidents (RTAs) on December 31, 2021, till 11:59 pm.
The numbers of January 1 are yet to be shared by the Mrityunjoy service.

Each year, the cases reported past midnight have been higher than the cases reported before midnight on New Year’s eve.

“These two years the incidents are lesser. Last year (it was less) because of the corona, all was closed. No functions or anything was allowed. This year, it is less also because of the strict police restrictions,” Dhurjyoti Prasad, a 108 emergency response service spokesperson, informed EastMojo.

“The drunk driving rule has been the main reason behind this decline in cases,” the spokesperson added.

Assam police have carried out a vigilance drive against drunk driving and violation of other traffic rules to ensure accident-free streets in the state.

Number of Road Traffic Accidents reported on December 31 each year till 11:59 pm

YearTwo-wheeler accidentsOther accidentsTotal number of RTAs
Number of accidents reported on December 31 each year till 11:59 pm

Of the 107 RTAs reported on December 31, 2021 prior to midnight, the highest number of incidents were from Sonitpur with 13 cases, followed by Barpeta with 9 and 7 RTAs each from Dhemaji, Golaghat, Kamrup Metro, Kamrup Rural, and Nalbari.

Dhubri reported 6 accidents followed by Lakhimpur, Morigaon, and Nagaon that reported 5 RTAs from each district. Cachar, Tinsukia and Udalguri reported 4 accident cases each.

Darrang, Dibrugarh, and Kokrajhar reported 2 cases each, and Baksa, Bongaigaon, Hailakandi, Majuli, and Sivasagar reported the least number of accidents – 1 from each district.

Number of Road Traffic Accidents reported January 1 each year (post-midnight and New Year’s Day)

YearTwo-wheeler accidents Other accidents Total number of RTAs
Number of accidents reported January 1 each year (post-midnight and New Year’s Day)

On December 31, the state of Assam reported a total of 90 Road Traffic Accidents and 123 RTAs on December 31, 2019. The state reported 56 RTAs on December 31, 2018and 88 RTAs in 2017 on New Year’s Eve till 11:59 pm.

Earlier in December, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has warned citizens of strict action if anyone violates traffic rules or indulges in drunken driving.

“Was on the streets of Guwahati throughout the night. Humbled to see the overwhelming response to our appeal to make 31st Dec an accident-free night. Kudos to @GuwahatiPol for doing their best. Let’s continue our effort to make each day and every night of 2022 accident-free,” tweeted the Assam CM past midnight on New Year’s Eve.

Those taking to the wheel under the influence would have to pay a fine of Rs 10,000 and have their driving license suspended. A Rs 1,000 fine is also being imposed on those traveling without helmets for the safety of commuters on the streets of Guwahati since December 1, 2021.

Also read: WATCH: Beware! Driving drunk in Guwahati can cost you dearly

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