Road accidents in Mumbai have claimed the lives of more pedestrians as compared to occupants and drivers of the vehicles involved in crashes. According to figures by the Mumbai traffic police, 502 people lost their lives in 481 fatal accidents last year. Among the deceased, however, nearly 56 per cent or 281 were pedestrians.
The traffic police officers said pedestrians are most vulnerable to accidents as walking on a road is considered as dangerous as driving on it. Since 2009, nearly 1,631 have died, while either crossing the road or walking along it.
The next highest number of victims were motorcycle riders followed by pillion riders. In 2013, 107 motorcycle riders and 47 pillion riders were killed in road accidents.
“We have started a drive to nab rash drivers and penalise speedsters, who not just kill pedestrians, but also put their own lives in danger,” said Pratap Dighavkar, deputy commissioner of police (traffic).
According to available figures, around 21,255 road accidents were recorded in Mumbai last year, of which 481 were fatal. Of the fatal accidents, 27 occurred in Vikhroli, killing 28 people, followed by 17 accidents in Vile Parle that killed 17 people and 15 accidents in Vakola, killing 15 people.
In 2012, the total number of accidents was 24,592, of which 471 were fatal.
The traffic police said 99 per cent of these accidents were because of drivers’ fault, though at certain stretches, many accidents occur due to various reasons. “Certain roads, especially in the suburbs, remain empty during the nights, where drivers tend to speed,” said Dighavkar.