The Delhi Police have failed in its self-set target to keep the death toll in road accidents below the 2,000 mark in 2011.
Early into 2011, the police had vowed to keep the road fatalities number at the lowest in last five years and below the 2,000 mark. And for this they announced ‘zero tolerance’ to any kind of traffic norm violation on key roads.
But the drive did not yield the desired results as statistics show. The total number of deaths in the year 2011 stood at 2,066 in 2,007 fatal accidents. A year before, 2,153 deaths were reported in 2,104 accidents.
The first half of 2011 showed a steep decline in fatal road accidents — 916 — much lower than the average half-yearly data of road mishaps on the national capital’s roads. “The road accident figures of the first half of the year always stood over a thousand during the last five years. This year it had shown 18% decline,” said a traffic police officer.
Till end of the year, however, the death toll shot up to over 2,000. “2011’s figure is still the lowest in the last five years. The number of accidents has drastically come down this year,” justified Satyendra Garg, joint commissioner of police (traffic).
KK Kapila, chairman, International Road Federation (IRF), a non-governmental organisation that promotes the development and maintenance of roads, said: “Good traffic management is not enough to reduce road mishaps.”
“Public education of road usage, putting reflective tapes on vehicles, taking corrective measures to put road signages, identifying black spots and improve road conditions are areas where emphasis should be paid immediately,” he added.
Earlier, the traffic police had identified 10 roads that registered maximum number of fatal accidents. They had also identified several main roads and arterial roads including ring road, NH 8 and Mathura Road as assigned ‘zero tolerance’ zones.