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Blood on roads: 35% rise in accident deaths

india Updated: Apr 10, 2012 01:04 IST
Sunil Thapliyal

Blame it on non-functional traffic signals or shortage of traffic policemen, but 74 people have lost their lives in road accidents in the first two months of this year as compared to 55 such deaths in the corresponding period of last year - a jump of almost 35%.

According to traffic police data, the number of injuries has increased as well.

As many as 147 people were injured in accidents till February 2012 while the figure was 125 till February 2011.

The number of fatal accidents has seen a rise from 51 (for January and February) last year to 70 during the same period of this year - a rise of over 37%.

Also, the figure of daytime accidents has increased from 95 to 118 this year.

However, as far as the total number of road accidents is concerned, there has just been a marginal increase.

In the first two months of last year, 161 road accidents were reported. This year, the figure has increased to 162.

As far as two-wheeler accidents are concerned, 79 such cases were reported this year as compared to 65 cases last year.

"Crumbling roads, non-functioning traffic signals, shortage of traffic policemen and lack of zebra crossings for pedestrians are the main reasons behind these accidents," said a senior traffic police officer.

"Several lives could have been saved if basic infrastructure facilities are provided on roads," said Bharti Arora, deputy commissioner of police (traffic).

However, amid all the grim news, there's a silver lining in the form of decrease in non-fatal accidents.

While the figure was 110 last year, the number dropped to 92 this year.

The city police, facing severe staff shortage, have failed to curb accidents.

Though several drives have been launched in recent times to check overspeeding and drunken driving, the cops have clearly failed to prevent such incidents.

Around 411 people died in fatal accidents last year as compared to 83 murders in the city.

The commuters feel unsafe while driving on city roads.

Absence of signboards, poor quality of roads, traffic jams, potholes, poor traffic management and increasing numbers of accidents are increasingly becoming synonymous with the city.

"City roads are becoming increasingly unsafe. Authorities must fix responsibility. Roads should be repaired, traffic signals should have power back-up and must be in working condition," said a commuter.