Road accidents due to stray animals up by 30% this year in Tamil Nadu | Chennai News


CHENNAI: Every year no less than 40 individuals from Chennai and its suburbs are killed in highway accidents involving stray animals. Over 100 individuals get injured in these accidents yearly, in accordance to official knowledge.
This determine has risen by 30% in 2021 as stray animal menace turns into extra rampant, notably by cows and canine throughout the evening alongside highways. This is as a result of their typical grazing fields close to lakes or riverbeds are full of rainwater and cattle house owners allow them to sit on roads.
Often sighted in the center of main roads, stray animals have precipitated frequent visitors congestions too. R Sadish, a resident of Padur in OMR, stated, “All of a sudden, a dog ran across the road in front of my car. I lost c o n t r o l a n d rammed into a barricade.”
He and his household suffered extreme accidents and had to spend three weeks in a hospital, moreover spending `80,000 in direction of car r e p a i r wo rk . Many OMR residents have complained about canine chasing them throughout nights and cows blocking automobiles.
In one other case, V Sudarshan from Avadi met with an accident alongside the Outer Ring Road (ORR) final year. “Some portions of the newly built stretch are poorly lit. Amid poor visibility; a stray cattle ran into my bike before I could see or react to it.”
Legal consultants recommend that the precise determine could possibly be a lot larger as a result of police don’t register all such circumstances below the suitable head.
R Sreenivasan, a highway security advocate, stated that in most circumstances, police don’t register the accident below IPC Section 289. Instead, they document it as a case of negligent or rash driving (Sections 337 and 338).
To sort out this menace, police have warned that cattle house owners shall be despatched to jail for 3 years and penalised Rs.50,000 below the Tamil Nadu Animals and Birds in Urban Areas Act, 1997.