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.