In 2015, Mumbai recorded least number of fatal accidents in a decade

The data further shows that the number of accidents that occurred between midnight and 6 am have been on a steady decline over the past five years.

Written by Rohit Alok | Mumbai | Updated: January 2, 2016 5:26 am
mumbai accident, mumbai fatal accident, fatal accident, mumbai traffic, mumbai police, mumbai news Drink-driving checks by police on Thursday night. (Amit Chakravarty)

AN analysis of November’s traffic data for accidents in the newly concluded year has revealed that 2015 recorded the least number of fatal accidents since 2005. With 465 deaths, there have been 70 less deaths than 2014.

Though the data shows that fatal accidents have declined in the city, the year saw a spike in serious and minor accidents at 358 and 801 respectively. In fact, the total number of accidents — including fatal, serious, slight and minor road accidents — have risen by 766 cases as compared to the previous year.

The data further shows that the number of accidents that occurred between midnight and 6 am have been on a steady decline over the past five years.

Up to November 2015, the number of accidents in the time period stands at 118, the lowest since 2010.

Despite the heavy anti-drink driving campaign by the traffic police, drink-and-drive accidents have resulted in the highest number of serious accidents in the last five years — 36 incidents in which 48 people are believed to have been injured and been under treatment for more than 10 days in a hospital.

A cause-wise analysis further reveals that of the 48 fatalities this year, only one incident was an accident caused due to drunken driving.

That is believed to be caused by senior advocate Janhavi Gadkar, who rammed her Audi into a taxi, killing four persons, while driving on the wrong side of the freeway allegedly in an inebriated condition.

Classification of victims of fatal accidents till November this year shows that 262 pedestrians were run over by vehicles.

Since 2011, the category of victims of fatal death, who were classified as “sleeping man”, is at 7, the highest.

At 123, the year has recorded the most deaths for people travelling on a motorcycle and also the records show that the number of pillion riders who have died has been the highest this year at 56. BEST buses have recorded their lowest tally of fatal accidents that they have caused at 18, 13 less than the previous year, according to the data.

Wadala, Mankhurd and Vikroli in the eastern suburbs of the city have witnessed a significant drop of 9, 11 and 10 fatal road accidents as compared to the same time period of last year.

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  1. Gyan Prakash
    Jan 2, 2016 at 3:35 pm
    Motorcycles are designed and manufactured to make pillion rider unsafe in violation of Central Motor Vehicle Rule 123. On my PIL No. 11 of 2008 the Bombay High Court appointed a Court Commissioner who submitted report that Bajaj Auto is violating CMV Rule 123. Bajaj Auto pleaded that all Auto manufacturers are doing same violation. High Court of Madhya Pradesh on my peion and High Court of Kerala have banned registration of Motorcycles in November 2008. Manufacturers obtained stay order from Supreme Court in December 2008 and manited non listing of their Civil Appeal No. 5359 of 2010 for last 5 years . Now on my application as respondent in person case is listed for hearing my application on 27th. January 2016. I hope on hearing manufacturers will have to follow CMV Rule 123 Safety for motorcyclists, which will bring down pillion death and motorcyclists death. Manufacturers are violating law to promote machomania so that unsafe pillion female rider grabs the driver. The law calls for a pillion handhlold behind driver seat, protective device covering not less than half of the Rear wheel and proper foot rest. Before 1993 all manufacturers were complying law.