Bhopal residents and the administration finally have something to cheer about. Over the last two years, the number of deaths due to road accidents has fallen steeply with 2014 recording 236 deaths as against the 257 in 2013 and 301 in 2012, say traffic police.
According to them, the decrease is significant as the number of deaths in road mishaps generally increases with every year. In Bhopal too, the figure kept peaking over the years.
The 8% fall in deaths in 2014 (when compared to 2013) and the fall of over 21% in 2013 (when compared to 2012) has therefore, come as welcome news.
"It is good news. With the growing population and the increase in number of vehicles, the number of deaths and accidents generally witness an increase. However, in Bhopal, the trend has changed and there are fewer deaths. The helmet drive is a major reason for this positive change," says a police official, on condition of anonymity.
Figures obtained from the traffic police reveal the number of deaths was steadily rising before the steep fall.
The trend reversed for the first time in 2013 when Bhopal recorded 257 deaths. Additional superintendent of police (traffic) Shalini Dixit says the efforts of the traffic police have borne fruits.
"There are many traffic policemen present at junctions. The use of gadgets to check rash driving and strong focus on wearing helmets are the reasons for the decline in fatal mishaps. Besides, CCTV surveillance and challaning people for violation of traffic rules has created awareness. We have organised campaigns to make teenagers in schools and colleges aware about road safety," says Dixit.
She adds delineators have been installed on the roads in the city to check reckless driving.