January 18, 2015 3:18:00 am
By: Kartik Kumar
Even though the actual number of road accidents in the city per year has reduced in the last five years, the percentage of fatal accidents has increased.
Information obtained from the Chandigarh Police under the Right to Information Act reveals that between January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2014 as many as 2,091 accidents took place in the city of which 629 killed 658 people.
The number of accidents has been consistently decreasing; 456 accidents took place in 2010, 437 in 2011, 419 in 2012, 410 in 2013, 369 in 2014. In contrast the percentage of casualties has been increasing. As many as 28 per cent of accidents were fatal in 2010, 29 per cent in 2011, 31 per cent in 2012, 28 per cent in 2013 and 33 per cent in 2014.
The information revealed that 38 per cent of these fatalities involved drivers and passengers of two-wheelers and three-wheelers, 34 per cent involved pedestrians, 21 per cent involved cyclists and 7 per cent involved drivers and passengers of two-wheelers.
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Most of the cases were reported from Madhya Marg, Transport Area traffic light point, the Railway Station traffic light point and the Housing Board traffic light point, PGI/PU crossing, airport light point and Dakshin marg which have a heavy inflow of traffic and connect commuters to Panchkula, Zirakpur and Mohali.
Incidentally, at a meeting between members of the UT Administration and Australian High Commission earlier this week, the issue of road safety was discussed, where measures to bring down the number of accidents by adopting new safety measures was the main focus.
It was brought to the notice through figures from the Registration and Licensing Authority (RLA) that registration of vehicles has grown at a compounded annual growth rate of 7.9 per cent since 2010.
When asked about the increasing fatality rate in accidents SSP traffic, Maneesh Chaudhary stated that the UT police’s road accident cell has highlighted this particular issue to the engineering department of both the UT administration and municipal corporation and have asked them to increase fencing of dividing roads; to stop pedestrians and cyclists from crossing to the other side of the road, establishment of foot-bridges, subways and pelican lights and increase rumble strips on certain stretches to reduce high-speed corridors.
He further added that through police’s road awareness programmes, traffic whatsapp group, regular challaning of drivers for over-speeding, jumping traffic lights there should be a marked decline in the number of accidents in the future.
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