Road fatalities are coming down in the Capital and the first five months of this year had the least number of fatal road accidents in a decade.
Beating the second lowest five-month figure of fatalities — 755 — registered in 2003, this year Delhi's road death figure has come down to 709.
Delhi traffic police joint commissioner Satyendra Garg gave this figure in a presentation made before Lieutenant Governor (L-G) Tejender Khanna on Monday.He also assured the L-G that the annual figure of fatalities would also be the decade's all-time low. "Through qualitative traffic management and stringent prosecution, we will try not to let the figure cross 1,850," a confident Garg said.
The joint commissioner said the numbers came down because of the initiatives taken by the traffic police. These are: consistent drives against drunken driving, catching speeding motorists, improving pedestrian facilities and scientific changes in road engineering.
"Since the beginning of the year, we have declared a war against speedsters and drunk drivers. We are not sparing anyone," Garg said.
He said in 2011, a total of 2,960 people were imprisoned for driving under the influence of alcohol, whereas in the first five months this year already 3,049 persons have been sent to jail for this offence.
Similarly, stepping up their watch on those violating speed limits, the police have already prosecuted about 50,000 violators in the first five months this year, while during the same period last year the number stood at 44,618.
"This is indeed a step towards our goal of bringing down road deaths significantly. But the real improvement will come when the traffic police would be able to manage traffic even during night hours, when a large number of road accidents take place," said KK Kapila, chairman, International Road Federation.
The group promotes development and maintenance of roads, with a focus on safety and sustainability.
Delhi police commissioner BK Gupta, however, recently said that night vigil by traffic police would not be possible due to the poor number of sanctioned strength in the traffic department.