Despite a number of programmes on road safety being initiated by Chandigarh Police in the current and past years,the number of deaths on the citys roads have seen an upward trend. Even thought the UT has recorded less accidents this year compared to last year,the number of people killed in these accidents has increased. The city witnessed 154 accidents till May 6 this year compared to 161 in the corresponding period last year. Fifty-six lives were snuffed out on the city roads in 2012 against 51 in 2011.
Over 83 per cent of the accident victims this year were males while last year this percentage was 86. A large number of cyclists and pedestrians too have been falling victims to heavy vehicles. At many places accidents have been taking place on a consistent basis owing to heavy movement of traffic. In order to ascertain the reason why accidents are taking place at particular spots,UT Traffic Police has also started monitoring the accident spots and conducting regular surveys.
Based on the results,constant feedback regarding infrastructural improvements are being given to the Chandigarh Administration so that accidents can be reduced or totally eliminated in future. The police are also planning to start a Fatality Free Friday campaign to put the brakes on the growing list of accidents. Through the campaign,the police would be asking residents to pledge to make the city accident-free.
The campaign has been named Fatality Free Friday because it would be started from Friday,as that is the day of the week when people are in a fun-filled mood due to the weekend ahead. The police would be educating city residents to make Chandigarh more safe and secure. They would also be designing stickers and posters for the campaign. Apart from these,UT Traffic Police has also started mandatory screening of accident footage from CCTV cameras to traffic violators and are planning to tie up with cinema halls to show the accident footage during movie shows.
Trauma response and driving training workshops for traffic personnel will also be undertaken in the coming months.