An analysis of road traffic accident (RTA) emergencies data, released by the GVK Emergency Management and Research Institute (GVKEMRI) Company, which operates the 108 free emergency service in the state, has revealed that 35 per cent of road accident victims were in the age group of 20 to 29 years.

These data includes the stats from the since the inception of the service in December 2010, said that total 11,949 RTA emergencies attended in the period and Kangra district accounts for 22 per cent of it.

The data was released by Mehul Sukumaran, Head of Operations, GVKEMRI 108, to mark the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, observed on the third Sunday of November in memory of those killed or injured in road mishaps.

The other districts with high rate of RTA emergencies are Una (1,552), Solan (1,327), Mandi (1,303), Shimla (1,274), Bilaspur (1,070), Hamirpur (942) and Sirmaur (875).

The tribal districts of Lahaul-Spiti (58) and Kinnaur (56) had the least RTA emergencies. Among non-tribal districts, Kullu (393) and Chamba (401) accounted for the minimum emergencies.

The survey report pointed to overspeeding, drunk driving and less use of helmet, seatbelt and child restraint in vehicles as the main factors.

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