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Danger on city roads

delhi Updated: Oct 02, 2011 00:31 IST
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The untimely death of a 47-year-old Traffic Police head constable, who was run-over by speeding Tavera cab in Sriniwaspuri area on Wednesday, is not a lone incident of its kind.

At least two commuters lose their life in hit-and-run accidents everyday.

The gravity of the issue can be gauged from the fact that the total number of people killed in road mishaps has risen from 538 till September 15, 2010, to 590 during the same period, this year.

"Though stringent prosecution of errant vehicles has helped bring down the number of road mishap victims by about 20% in the past two years, we couldn't bring down the hit-and-run cases most of which take place during the night hours," said Satyendra Garg, joint commissioner of police (traffic).

On September 6, Rakesh Kumar, a 45-year-old head constable posted at the Mehrauli police station, died after his bike was hit by an unidentified vehicle from the rear in south-west Delhi's Cantonment area.

Two Myanmar nationals - Van Lakuk, 17, and Lakuk Vik, 25, - were mowed-down by an unidentified vehicle while crossing a road in outer Delhi's Alipur area on February 23.

The Traffic Police have identified several stretches in the capital where such incidents are common. These include densely-populated residential areas such as Punjabi Bagh, Rohini, Narela, Civil Lines and Lajpat Nagar.

Police sources said majority of the 691 accidents, that took place between 9pm and 8am till September 15 this year, were perpetrated by errant drivers under the influence of liquor and the victims were mostly pedestrians.

"If drunken driving during the wee hours can be checked, cases of hit-and-run will significantly come down. However, given the scope for corruption during unregulated checking, no checking is deemed a better option," said a senior police officer.