Despite a fall in the number of road fatalities by 10% last year, Delhi continues to be the country’s accident deaths capital.
The latest report by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) shows the national Capital topped in road fatalities among the country’s metros, with 2,335 accident deaths reported in 2009.In Mumbai, 772 persons were killed the same year.
In Bangalore, the figure stood at 742, while in Chennai, 598 persons lost their lives in road accidents. Delhi Police say although they have brought down fatalities by 10% last year, there was a need to bring it down further.
The police say they are now trying to get rid of the tag of ‘death capital’ by sustained prosecution of commercial vehicles for traffic rule violations and drink driving.
“We target bringing down road accidents and fatalities by 15-20% at least. By the end of this year, we expect to bring down the figure to below 2,000,” said Satyendra Garg, joint commissioner of police (traffic). Since 2005, road deaths in the city have always stood above 2,000.
“We have identified the main causes of road mishaps. If you can control violation of traffic rules by commercial vehicles and drink driving, cases of road mishaps will drastically come down,” Garg added.
“We have come down heavily on commercial vehicles this year and are not sparing any for even minor faults. Till February 28, we have challaned 1,39,289 commercial vehicles,” said a traffic police officer.
In cooperation with the courts, offenders are sent to jail and their licenses suspended. This year, over 500 people were sent to jail for drink driving.