With pedestrian safety being the prime focus this year, the Delhi traffic police has decided to install around 100 pedestrian signals on roads in the city that witness most pedestrian deaths.
In 2012, the Delhi traffic police claimed to have brought down pedestrian deaths by about 20% - lowest in the last 10 years -through several scientific measures. As compared to 961 pedestrian deaths in 2011, the city reported only 832 such deaths in 2012.
This year also, they will continue to focus on pedestrian safety - the most vulnerable lot prone to fatal accidents."Pedestrian safety is one of our top priorities this year. We will install pedestrian signals at several roads where adequate facilities are not in place at present," said Satyendra Garg, joint commissioner of police (traffic).
"We will use GIS mapping system to identify exact locations where crossover facilities will be required. Immediately after identification of the locations, we will start installing the signals," Garg added.
Some of the busy stretches which are vulnerable to pedestrian deaths include National Highway 10, Ring Road, Outer Ring Road, Road Number 57, GT Road, Nazafgarh Road and Dwarka Link Road among others.
Presently, there are around 125 pedestrian signals which are functional in the city, many of which were installed last year. According to sources, this year around 100 more such signals would be in place.
In 2012, a total of 832 pedestrians were killed in road accidents - about 130 less than the previous year, police claimed.
Last year, keeping in mind the safety of pedestrians, the traffic police had installed unique speed checking strips before certain accident prone zebra crossings on roads owned by North Delhi Municipal Council and the public works department.