So far this year, 395 people died on the roads of Indore, and 5,271 road accidents were reported.
If we were to zoom in on the figures, on an average, 1 person dies every day on the roads of Indore, and police register at least 14 road accidents daily.
Recently, in three consecutive days, three college-going youths died on the roads, spotlighting the lack of traffic awareness among the youth in the city.
On Sunday on Dhar road, a young man was seen dangerously multitasking — riding a motorcycle beside a bus and chatting to his brother on the bus. A short while later, he lost control over the bike and came under the wheels of the bus.
On Monday, a girl died at Palsikar Square while crossing the road ignoring a ‘U’ turn while on her way to college. And on Tuesday, at Mari Mata Square a youth was crushed to death.
India accounts for about 10% of road crash fatalities worldwide. In terms of absolute numbers more people die in road crashes in India than anywhere else in the world, according to a report published in Mint. As per the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), in 2011, one person died every five minutes on Indian roads and is expected to escalate to one death every three minutes by 2020.
In the search for reasons to blame for the ever-rising accidents, it’s mostly the sportier bikes that quickly get the stick.
Deputy superintendent of police (traffic) in Indore, Vikram Singh Raghuvanshi said, “People have new motorcycles, more horse power, but refuse to adopt traffic rules accordingly.”
Congested roads and ever-increasing population also add to the havoc. “More than half the population commuting on roads violates traffic rules,” said Raghuvanshi. People should enthusiastically follow traffic rules, only then our efforts in improving traffic conditions would bear results, he said.
Jagat Narayan Joshi, a renowned traffic expert in the city said, “Road engineering plays a major role in curbing traffic accidents. The roundabouts in Indore need to be resized as the population has increased manifold in the last few years.”
He said many minors drive cars and bikes in the city; traffic sense should come from within the citizens, he said.
However, the traffic police are doing their bit to drive sense into errant drivers. Around 500 e-tickets are issued every day to violators, and last month, police penalised 32,000 commuters for riding without helmet.
A traffic cop said encroachments should also share the blame. There is lack of co-ordination between the traffic department and the municipal corporation in putting up sign boards, marking roads and pulling down illegal constructions, said the official.