Only 5,700-odd cops to man roads
Around 200 lives have been lost in road accidents in the first three months of the year. Satyendra Garg, joint commissioner of Delhi traffic police, speaks on the accidents that mostly took place when police presence on roads was thin. Excerpts:delhi Updated: Apr 14, 2012 01:08 IST
Around 200 lives have been lost in road accidents in the first three months of the year. Satyendra Garg, joint commissioner of Delhi traffic police, speaks on the accidents that mostly took place when police presence on roads was thin. Excerpts:
Road crashes late at night are frequent on city roads. What are you doing to prevent them?
The late night accidents are a matter of concern. We have succeeded in bringing down the number of accidents every year since 2009. The number of deaths because of accidents at night has also come down from 243 deaths in first three months of 2011 to 195 this year. But accidents by young motorists in SUVs have not been contained. We are working out a strategy for the accidents.
Why do you not increase presence of traffic police at night?
With only 5,771 traffic policemen, we are not in a position to divide their duties between day and night. Almost the entire force is required to manage traffic during the day that includes morning and evening peak hours.
What causes the road accidents at night?
There are two big reasons for road accidents at night: drunk driving and speeding. We have arrested the problem of drunk driving to a great extent. Last year, as many as 2,960 drunk drivers were sent to jail. Speeding by high-end vehicles has not been controlled so far as our interceptors do not work at night.
What is the solution?
We will complete installing cameras at strategic locations in the city in two or three months. The cameras can record the speeds of vehicles during the day and night. Once the installation is complete, we hope that road accidents at night will significantly come down.