The Mumbai traffic police has identified 22 sites in the city as “blackspots”, where fatal accidents have occurred repeatedly.
The department’s recently launched “crash analysis unit” has found that in some areas, mishaps have taken places frequently on the same spot over the past five years. The analysis of this unit has found that most of the fatal accidents have taken place in the eastern suburbs, especially on the Eastern Express highway.
First conceptualised in mid-2015, the crash analysis unit was launched in the end of March this year. The unit is headed by a senior police inspector and is based out of the traffic headquarters in Worli.
“The core responsibility of the team is to focus on analysis of accidents. The unit is currently studying last year’s fatal accidents and looking for overlapping points where accidents have taken place. Each fatal accident’s panchnama is being scrutinised and further. areas where fatal accidents and serious accidents take place are being classified,” said a senior traffic official.
Last year, there were 586 fatal accidents in the city, in which 611 persons were killed. The first three months of this year have recorded 130 deaths in road accidents. Police said that some of the “blackspots” are the ones like the Chunnabhatti circle, where vehicles of all sizes merge at the roundabout from six roads.
“Of the 22 blackspots, 17 are in the eastern suburbs. Four are between Chedda Nagar and the Airoli bridge junction alone. There are many reasons for this, such as wide roads that allow vehicles to speed, dimly lit roads, drivers jumping signals and the infrastructure of the roads,” a traffic official said.
Officials believe the vehicular density and congestion on the Western Express highway curb the number of road fatalities.
According to traffic officials part of the unit, five teams have been deputed across the city, who will rush to the spot when a road accident takes place.
Meanwhile, the unit has also found 34 sites across the city where “serious accidents” have taken place. Last year, there were 2,034 serious accidents in Mumbai, which resulted in 2,482 persons being injured. This year upto March, 621 persons were injured in serious accidents.