Road deaths,

While crime rate might have gone north in the city, the total number of road deaths in accidents has witnessed a steep decline of over 13 per cent in 2012, with the year witnessing the least number of accidents as compared to any other year over the last one decade.

The number of people killed on Delhi roads went down significantly for the first time in a decade, with the number hitting an all-time low of 1,866 in 2012. These deaths occurred in 1,822 fatal accidents. The 2012 figure of accident deaths declined by 9.21 per cent since 2011.

The figures are appreciable, particularly in view of the fact that the city’s popluation over the last one decade has increased by 18 per cent and the vehicluar population increased by 93.13 per cent.

“Both the number of accidents and deaths have witnessed a decline over the last three years. However, the decline in road deaths in 2012 have been remarkable in a sense that it has been a steepest decline in any single year,” said Sudhir Yadav, special commissioner of police (traffic).

Apart from fatal accidents, 6,792 people were injured in 4,786 accidents, while there were 113 non-injury accidents, cops said. Compared to 2011, deaths decreased by 13.26 per cent, while number of accidents causing injuries decreased by 3.27 per cent. The officials said sustanied action and new initiatives on part of traffic police have brought desired results. “Apart from ensuring presence of traffic officials at intersections in peak hours, special efforts were taken to check drunk driving and speeding, among others,” said Yadav.

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