SRRF which has been actively pursuing pedestrian safety agenda in Delhi is happy to note the reduction in fatal pedestrian accidents during the current year. This year, there appears to be a welcome decline.
It is a known fact that almost every second person killed in a road accident is a pedestrian.
- Till the 15th August, 2012, the city roads registered 143 less pedestrian deaths as compared to the same period in 2011.
- Fatalities have mainly gone down in Ring Road, G T Karnal Road, Rohtak Road, Mathura Road & NH-24.
The Delhi Police claims that the decline in accidents was the result of various scientific measures undertaken with the help of civic agencies. The measures include- setting up of pedestrian signals, speed breakers, speed calming rumble strips, road signage, reduction in speed limit and extensive speed checks of vehicles with the help of interceptors.
The Delhi Traffic Police was successful in reducing road accidents in 2011. While the figure was lowest in 7 years, it still resulted in loss of 2066 lives. This, the Police is confident of bringing it down to below 1800 during the current year.
We all wish them good luck.