New Delhi: It was a "red letter" day for
the capital yesterday when no fatal accidents were reported, a
rarity for the city which witnesses nearly 2,000 deaths in
road mishaps every year.
"It was a red letter day when the city did not have
any fatal accidents. This is rare as the average number of
fatal accidents in the city is five....It was heartening that
we did not have an accident yesterday," Satyendra Garg, Joint
Commissioner of Police (Traffic), said.
He said the routine report which he receives every day
from traffic police control room mentions the fatal accidents
in the city in the last 24 hours.
"Last few days have been foggy and cold. We circulated
some guidelines for handling fog. Maybe people benefited from
it.... It is sad for the city to see these fatal accidents we
have on day-to-day basis," he said.
He said people who are driving should be careful about
pedestrians, though they do act irresponsibly sometimes.
"Let driving responsibly become a habit with us. I am
aware some people do not follow safety as objective,
particularly youngsters but seniors in the family and society
should take it on themselves to ensure that they drive
safely," he said.
According to statistics, there were 7,516 accidents
last year in which 2,325 people were killed and 6,936 injured.
In 2008, the number of accidents were 8,435 as against 2007`s
8,620. While 2,141 were killed and 7,711 injured in 2007, the
figures were 2,093 and 7,343 respectively for 2008.