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Traffic cops claim credit for fewer road deaths

Subhendu Ray, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, November 16, 2012
First Published: 00:21 IST(16/11/2012) | Last Updated: 03:47 IST(16/11/2012)

This seems to have been a great year so far on the Capital’s roads.

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There have been 1,471 road deaths in 2012, a figure that is lower than the casualty count for any of the past 10 years. This figure is expected to stay below 1,801, which was the number of people killed in road accidents in 2003.

Till October 31, there had been 1,432 killer incidents on Delhi roads. In the first 10 months of 2011, 1,807 people had died in 1,763 accidents while http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/Popup/2012/11/16-11-12-pg-03b.jpg2,066 casualties had been reported by the end of the year.

“Road-specific approaches on our part and an increase in number of pedestrian facilities have helped in reducing road deaths drastically,” said Satyendra Garg, joint commissioner of police (traffic).

The Delhi traffic police had last year vowed to keep the number of road fatalities below 2,000. But they had failed in achieving the target. Adequate facilities for pedestrians could have reduced the number of dead last year, a Delhi traffic police officer speculated.

“Almost every second person killed in road accidents last year was a pedestrian,” said an official.

“We have been taking short-term measures since the beginning of the year, which resulted in a drop in the number of pedestrian deaths. We are confident that this year we will be able to create a record by keeping the number of road deaths below 1,800,” said Garg.

The traffic police said that this year, there has been a significant drop in deaths of men on two-wheelers and pedestrians, who are considered the most vulnerable. In the first 10 months last year, 815 pedestrians had died in accidents, while this year the number has come down to 653. The number of two-wheeler riders killed has come down from 579 till October in 2011 to 443 in the same period this year.


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