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Young bikers, elderly top road deaths

Elderly pedestrians and young bikers are the most vulnerable to road deaths in the national Capital, according to statistics provided by the Delhi Traffic Police. Subhendu Ray reports. Young bikers, elderly top road deaths

delhi Updated: Oct 21, 2012 01:23 IST

Elderly pedestrians and young bikers are the most vulnerable to road deaths in the national Capital, according to statistics provided by the Delhi Traffic Police.

According to the traffic police, people from these two age groups accounted for the maximum road deaths this year. A recent study shows that as many as 152 elderly pedestrians (above 40 years of age), including 28 women, were killed in road accidents since January 1, this year.

Also 133 young people (19-30 years) on two-wheelers, including three women, were killed in the same period.

According to the traffic police, the tendency to speed, not conforming to lane discipline and drunk driving are prime reasons for young people getting killed in road accidents.

However, the most vulnerable victims among pedestrians belong to the age group of 40 years and above.

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Some of the prime reasons for their deaths are poor eye sight, incapability to cross roads quickly and the virtual absence of foot over bridges with escalators and underpasses.

“The two-wheeler drivers and pillion riders and the pedestrians are the most vulnerable road users. Of the 1,394 people killed in road accidents this year, 1,038 were pedestrians, bikers and pillion riders,” said Satyendra Garg, joint commissioner of police (traffic).

“Among the people killed in road accidents, three out of four are either pedestrians or were bike-borne.”

Since the beginning of the year, the traffic police had laid special emphasis on these two areas and through improved traffic management and prosecutions, they could significantly bring down deaths of pedestrians and bike-borne people.

According to data available with the traffic police, deaths of pedestrians have come down from 767 last year till October 15 to 619 this year during the same period.

Similarly, deaths of bikers and pillion riders have dropped from 554 to 419. The police said Rohini and Narela in north district saw the maximum deaths of two-wheeler riders and pedestrians.

Rohini registered deaths of 46 pedestrians and 24 bikers and pillion riders, while Narela registered deaths of 42 pedestrians and 17 bikers and pillion riders.