NEW DELHI: Speeding on roads took the most number of lives in Delhi, followed by dangerous driving. Data released by National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) shows that of the 1,433 fatal accidents that took place in 2019, more than 500 casualties were a result of speeding. The period between January and March was the deadliest.
Two-wheelers were found to be the reason behind most deaths on the roads in the city. In 2019, two-wheelers were involved in 156 accidents in which 455 people were killed. Traffic police officers said in most cases the rider and the pillion both died due to head injuries after falling off the vehicle. About half the accidents were caused due to skidding of two-wheelers.
The NCRB data also revealed that private cars were involved in 121 accidents last year in which 236 people died.
Accidents claimed the lives of 551 people, while 2,026 people were injured in 2,202 such incidents caused due to speeding. Dangerous driving or overtaking from the left side took the second highest number of lives. In all, 529 people were killed and 1,700 injured in 1,978 accidents caused by dangerous driving. Apart from this, 29 people were killed and 130 injured in 142 cases of drunk driving.
The NCRB records showed that nearly one-fifth of the accidents occurred between January and March. Traffic police officers said that speeding during foggy winter nights was the reason behind such accidents.
It was found that various stretches within the national capital, including colony roads, were vulnerable spots for accidents.
A total of 942 people died on the city’s roads in 4,058 accidents last year compared with 271 and 187 deaths on national highways and state highways, including Ring Road and Barapullah elevated road, respectively.
“Accidents mainly take place on longer stretches where drivers tend to behave erratically. The time period between 3pm and 10pm is particularly worse as more people step out to go to markets for buying essentials,” said a senior police officer.
Almost 80% of the pedestrian deaths in the city took place while people were crossing the road.
The other vulnerable road users who became victims of accidents were two-wheeler riders, who were either hit by other vehicles or fell down after losing balance.Source: Times of India