As many as 5,840 people were killed on Mumbai roads between 2003 and 2012. In the same period, 21,580 were seriously injured in road accidents. The information was provided by the Mumbai Traffic police recently.
This means more than 48 people have been killed in accidents per month or 584 in a year. Last year, there were 471 fatal accidents registered as compared to 539 fatal accidents in 2011. The number of deaths was 488 in 2012 as compared to 563 in 2011. This means the number of death has gone down by 75.
Vivek Phansalkar, joint commissioner of police (traffic), said: “We have come down heavily on offenders, which has led to the decline in accidents between 2010 and 2012. We have deployed more traffic police personnel at important junctions and traffic signals who have clamped down on traffic violators.”
He added that traffic police also conduct workshop for autorickshaw, taxi and BEST drivers regularly for safe driving. “Till September 30, as many as 10,992 motorists were booked for drink driving and Rs79.80 lakh fine collected from them. A total of 2,575 driving licences were cancelled and 3,828 drunk drivers sent to jail,” said Phansalkar.
Ashok Datar, a traffic expert, said: “Road accidents and deaths in Mumbai have risen due to carelessness and speeding by motorists.”