Hyderabad: Thanks to the Hyderabad Traffic Police’s efforts, many lives were saved in road accidents till September this year. There is a 13% decrease in crashes, an 11% decrease in deaths due to accidents and 17% decrease in pedestrian deaths in accidents year-over-year.
On analysis of the data, it was found that of the 196 fatal accidents reported from January till September of 2019, 116 occurred due to over-speeding, followed by 46 due to rash and negligent driving, 12 due to drunk driving and eight cases of negligence and six due to minor drivers and remaining due to other reasons.
“Various engineering measures are taken up at identified black spots, awareness and incentive programmes on road safety, compliance of helmet and seat belt, and enforcement of accident-causing violations have resulted in an overall decrease in fatal accidents in Hyderabad,” said Anil Kumar, Addl Commissioner of Police (Traffic), in a release on Thursday.
The traffic police set up a goal for improving the safety of commuters and pedestrians by taking up various corrective measures and road safety awareness programmes this year. Accordingly, they are proactively identifying the black spots and other accident-prone areas to control road accidents. As a part of it, 80 black spots have been determined based on the accident data of 2018. Various corrective measures have been taken up at these areas in coordination with the stakeholders.
Similarly, based on the accident data of 2019 until July, Hyderabad Traffic Police along with stakeholders like GHMC, HRDCL, R&B, NHAI, etc., carried out joint inspections and proactively identified 60 black spots. Based on the issues, various corrective measures such as installing a guard railing — along NH-44’s service road near Bowenpally Check Post —street lighting, road markings restored on Tippukhana-Ramdevguda Road, pedestrian guard railing on Raj Bhavan Road, and central median constructed at Dathu Nagar.
They also placed signs at all metro stations encouraging pedestrians to use the metro staircases to crossroads, chevron signs and rumble strips were provided at the curves on NTR Marg, and road safety signs erected at the limits of Tolichowki and other parts of the city.
Hyderabad Traffic Police also conducted various awareness programs on Road safety. They reached students covering 1,069 educational institutions in 2018 and educated 265,319 students. In 2019, they visited 174 educational institutions and taught 88,721 students. Apart from this, the officials are also enforcing rules on accident-causing violations such as drunk driving, over speeding, rash driving, driving without helmet or seatbelt, triples, wrong side driving, and more.
Comparative statement of Road Fatalities for (9) months of 2018 & 2019 :
(Upto Sep 30th)
(Upto Sep 30th)
No. of Accidents/deaths decreased
Fatal Accidents Reported
No. of Pedestrians died