Watch out for that speedbreaker the next time you ride, as these have been identified among the biggest killers on the roads in the country. Research has shown that speedbreakers cause an average of 10 deaths every day. The data was compiled by the Transport Research Wing of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways. As per 2015 data, there were 11,000 accidents caused by speedbreakers, which led to 3,409 deaths. Accidents and deaths caused by speedbreakers were marked as a separate category in 2014. The Transport Research Wing compiled the data after sourcing the figures from various police stations across all States. The department is yet to compile the data for 2016.
In 2015, 6,073 speedbreaker-related accidents occurred in Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh, which is around 55% of the total such accidents. The most deaths occurred in Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, at 1,794 cases or 52%. The most deaths in a single State occurred in Uttar Pradesh, at 990, in 2015.
Government officials said that actual numbers could be higher since many cases get clubbed under the broader category of road accidents. Currently, there is no particular design for speedbreakers that suits all types of vehicles using a road.