Road accidents claim more lives than terrorism CHENNAI: Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, who has been expressing concern over the increasing number of casualties in road accidents time and again, on Monday observed that road accidents claim more lives than terrorism. Inaugurating a two-day national seminar on ‘Road Safety and Urban Traffic Management’, the Chief Minister said he was pained to learn that 13 people die in road accidents every hour and that the country had reported the highest rate of fatalities in the world. Karunanidhi said nearly 80 per cent of the victims on the road were pedestrians. In big cities, the people who sleep on the pavements form a vulnerable group. Pointing out that road safety and traffic management were not the sole responsibility of the police department and the government authorities, Karunanidhi said everybody has to contribute to make the roads safer. “Road safety and traffic management must become part of the curriculum right from the school level. Children should be sensitised towards these aspects by developing special package of games and leisure time activities,” he added. He said the policemen on the road were not just the symbol of the State authority, they must also realise their role as problem solvers responsible for safety and well-being of all the road users. In Chennai, the length of the road remained static whereas the vehicle population had tripled in the past 15 years. Due to industrial development, Chennai was witnessing a rapid increase in the movement of commercial container lorries. A comprehensive review of traffic management in the urban sector was essential, he said. The CM received a stamp released by Chief Post Master General Chakraborthy to coincide with the 150th year of TN Police.