Delhi sees drop in road accidents in 2018; number of challans rises

By Praveen Dwivedi
Photo: City Spidey
Posted: Jan 11, 2019

It’s been long that the traffic in Delhi is popularly considered to be erratic and prone to accidents. But, the year that gone by saw marginal improvement in this regard. As per the data released by Delhi Traffic Police, the national capital saw a drop in the road accidents and injuries.

On the other hand, there has been rise in the collection of fines by the Delhi Traffic Police. They collected Rs 105.99 crore as fines from 64.79 lakh vehicles for violating traffic norms. Rs 98.56 crore was collected as fine in 2017. 

Clearly, the data shows that there have been more seriousness shown by the traffic police personnel on the roads. As per the data, 6,274 road accidents were witnessed in 2018 which is 1.8 per cent less than the figures of 2017. 

The Delhi Traffic Police is also mulling to introduce modern technologies in the traffic system. The installation of 3D radar-based red light violation detection camera system will be completed by July.

This new smart system will be able to directly send SMS to the violators. The installation of gantry-mounted radar-based overspeed detection system will be done at 100 locations in the city to discourage overspeeding.

“We are soon going to implement the new e-challan system. Under this new system, the traffic police will be having the online facility to retrieve the history of traffic violators. It will help in bringing more transparency in the system,” Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik said. 

Considering the steep rise in the number of vehicles plying on the city’s roads, the decrease in the road accidents is really a big achievement for the Delhi Traffic Police. 

The Delhi Police informed that the population in the city increased by 48 per cent in the last 18 years. The number of registered motor vehicles has increased by 179 per cent. But, the length of the road has increased by only 15.7 per cent. Moreover, 2,000-2,100 motor vehicles are registered per day in the city.

Apart from the initiatives, the Delhi Traffic Police also have many challenges in order to improve the traffic in the city. They need to address the limited road space, rampant use of pedestrian pathways by vendors, waterlogging during rains and poor technology system at their disposal.

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