Kolkata: Kolkata has managed to significantly bring down the number of accidents -both fatal and non-fatal -in 2016 in comparison with the previous year.
The launch of the Safe Drive Save Life campaign, coupled with strict enforcement of speed rules in the city seem to have made the difference, claim top Lalbazar officers.
According to the latest road accident report – based on leading cities of India, prepared by the Union ministry of road transport and highways, 2016 witnessed 388 fatal accidents on Kolkata’s streets. There were 421 fatal accidents in 2015 and 431 in 2014.
Not only did the number of fatal accidents fall by 7.8% but also the total figure of non-fatal accidents dropped by a substantial 18%.
A comparison with other cities will put things into perspective. In 2016, Delhi saw 1,591 people dying on roads and Chennai witnessed 1,183 deaths.
Similarly, there were a total of 4104 accidents in the city in 2016 compared to 4981 in 2015. The severity of accidents (number of persons killed per 100 accidents) is at an all-time low of 9.9, much lesser than Mumbai (16.6) or Delhi (21.6).The national average is 19.8.
Between July 8 and December 31, 2016 – after the safety drive was launched – number of deaths of helmetless drivers came down to 32 (from 61 during the corresponding period in 2015).
Source: All India Trinamool Congress