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Cops' efforts fail to check accidents on city roads

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Gurgaon, February 05, 2013
First Published: 01:45 IST(5/2/2013) | Last Updated: 01:50 IST(5/2/2013)

Road safety awareness campaigns and crackdown on  rule violators launched by the city traffic police have failed to curb fatal accidents on Gurgaon roads last year.

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As many as 438 people have lost their lives in different accidents in 2012. The number of casualty last year was no different from the figure 437 in 2011.

According to the latest data, at least 55 of the total number of victims had fallen prey to mishaps that took place on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway.

Even the number of injured persons remained the same in the past two years. In 2012, a total of 113 people suffered injuries while the figure was 111 in the previous year.

Last year, the city traffic police, however, reported 437 fatal accidents as against 411 in the previous year.

Various campaigns aimed at creating awareness about road safety have failed to yield any results, though the department officials claim that these drives were successful as the number of fatal accidents did not go up significantly.

The traffic police department's record also reveals that the most vulnerable among the  accident victims were pedestrians and two-wheeler drivers.

At least 160 pedestrians and 144 two-wheeler drivers lost their lives on roads last year. Similar trend was reported in 2011 also, when maximum number of accidental deaths (198) was of pedestrians followed by the number of casualties among bikers (121).

Besides, the data shows that heavy motor vehicles (HMVs) such as trucks and buses were involved in most fatal cases. A total of 174 HMV drivers were booked for various traffic offences last year.

The data also shows that 29 cyclists lost their lives on various roads across the city last year as against 22 in the previous year.


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