The pressure of vehicles on the roads of the capital city is steadily increasing. Amidst negligence and haste in the growing traffic, an average of 18 road accidents occur every day. According to Delhi Traffic Police data, the number of fatalities due to road accidents during nighttime is alarmingly high.
Up until July 15th, 2023, a total of 691 lives have been lost in road accidents in the capital. This means that on an average, about four lives are lost each day in road accidents. Among these, during nighttime, 400 individuals lost their lives, while during the daytime, 291 fatalities occurred. In 2022, there were a total of 1428 fatalities, out of which 806 occurred during the night and 622 during the day.
The majority of casualties include pedestrians and two-wheeler riders. In 2022, out of the 1428 road accident fatalities, 629 were pedestrians, and 551 were two-wheeler riders. Similarly, in 2021, out of the total 1206 fatalities, 504 were pedestrians and 472 were two-wheeler riders. Additionally, between the ages of 45 and 50, there has been an increase in fatalities among cyclists.
Police Resolve 338 Cases
Among the road accident fatalities this year, the police have resolved 338 cases out of the total 691 fatalities. Additionally, 1450 out of the 2842 general road accident cases have been resolved by the police. Senior officials of Delhi Traffic Police have indicated that after conducting a study, they have identified the top 10 major black spots in Delhi. An Integrated Action Plan has been prepared to reduce accidents in these areas. Efforts are being made to remove personnel who may be contributing to the current rise in road accidents.
Some Major Causes of Accidents Include:
- Not wearing a helmet while riding a two-wheeler
- Not following red light signals
- Triple riding on two-wheelers
- Reckless driving
- Driving under the influence of alcohol
- Not wearing seatbelts
- Avoiding foot overbridges
- Poor road infrastructure
- Lack of awareness
- Lack of knowledge of traffic rules
Road Accidents Leading to Loss of Lives a Highly Sensitive Issue; Delhi Traffic Police Focusing on Strengthening Road Safety, Collaborating with All Agencies to Reduce Accidents.S.S. Yadav, Special Commissioner of Police, Traffic