Delhi remains the capital of fatalities, 3 meters show slide

NEW DELHI: Kolkata, Chennai and Mumbai saw a smaller decline in 2018 compared to the previous year, but Delhi recorded an increase of 106 deaths in the same period, as shown by accident data received from different city traffic police.

The data showed that the decrease in road deaths was maximum in Chennai, where 1,260 people died in accidents last year compared to 1,299 in 2017. In Kolkata, the deaths were 294 in 2018 against 329 the previous year. Mumbai recorded a minor reduction of 490 road deaths in 2017 to 475 last year.

Comparatively smaller cities such as Patna, Agra, Surat, Allahabad, Jodhpur, Nasik, Rajkot, Bhopal and Thrissur saw a significant increase in road deaths last year. These pushed total deaths on the road near 17,700 last year. In 2017, the number of lives lost in more than 50 million cities was around 17,000.

Road safety experts said that more traffic accident deaths in non-metropolitan cities indicated the need to implement a stronger enforcement mechanism and that it was necessary to devise interventions to improve the safety of vulnerable road users, including pedestrians, Cyclists and two people. wheel riders

“These (smaller cities) are appropriate cases for the application of technology and we need to conduct a detailed investigation to focus on the exact cause of fatal accidents. Some believe that increasing road congestion may have reduced the number of deaths in some cities, but it is not true given that the number of deaths on Delhi's roads has increased, said KK Kapila, former president of the International Road Federation.

The recently approved (Modified) Motor Vehicles Act has provided for a broader adoption of technology to monitor the violation of traffic rules and has established work committees to finalize the rules to implement the amended law.

On September 7, TOI had reported that the total traffic police force in India was just over 72,000 in 2017, while the number of registered vehicles was almost Rs 20 million, which is very inadequate to meet With the requirement.