Fatalities on Delhi’s top killer roads down by 60 percent

July 10th, 2012 - 10:12 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 10 (IANS) Seventeen “killer roads” in the capital have seen a 60 percent decline in fatalities in the first half of the year, a top officer said here Tuesday.

Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Satyendra Garg said the 17 roads were part of the capital’s 20 “killer roads”.

Addressing a Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) Ladies Organisation (FLO) event in capital, he also said there had been a 32 percent decline in accidents on the 20 roads, including National Highways 1, 2, 8, 10 and 24.

He said the department planned to reduce the accidents and fatalities on these roads even more by the end of the year.

Garg added that the crackdown on drunken driving has been one of major steps towards improving road safety with as many as 3,329 people already put behind bars for the offence so far this year in the capital.

He reiterated his call for better awareness and compliance of traffic rules in the public and presented a booklet on Road Safety to the FLO president Kavita Varadaraj.

Also present at the occasion, joint secretary with the ministry of road transport and highways, Nitin Gokarn said that the “traffic and road safety situation in Delhi is much better than other states.”

Gokarn added that creating awareness amongst the general public had to go hand in hand with the improvements in the road and traffic related infrastructure to ensure better road safety in the country.

FLO has been organising the event, titled Face to Face with Government of India, since past four years. It serves as a platform for dialogue between the government bodies and citizens about various issues.

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