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Fatal accidents, drunken driving on rise in Delhi

Last Updated: Saturday, January 2, 2010 - 18:16

New Delhi: Even though Delhi witnessed a drop in the total number of accidents in 2009 as compared to 2008, cases of fatal accidents and drunken driving increased during the same period, Police Commissioner YS Dadwal said Saturday.

"As compared to 8,108 accidents in 2008, 6,752 accidents were reported last year, marking a decrease of 17 percent. However, the number of fatal accidents increased from 1,927 in 2008 to 2,165 last year," Dadwal told reporters during the annual press conference of the Delhi Police.
He said cases of drunken driving, dangerous driving and overspeeding also went up in 2009.

In 2008, the number of tickets issued for drunken driving, dangerous driving and overspeeding were 7,579, 132,467 and 183,544 respectively. For 2009, the figures were 12,109 (60 percent increase), 236,671 (79 percent increase) and 212,287 (16 percent increase) respectively.

"There will be a paradigm shift in traffic movement if everyone takes a pledge not to break the rules," Dadwal pointed out.
Delhi Police issued a total of 41.77 lakh tickets for various offences in 2009, an increase of 22 percent from 34.1 lakh in 2008.

Cases of jumping red lights also increased by 17 percent to 617,622 in 2009 from 529,026 in 2008.

Kidnappings, vehicle thefts rise in Delhi

There was a sharp increase in kidnappings and motor vehicle thefts in Delhi in 2009, with the total criminal cases registered in the capital increasing by over one percent during the year, Police Commissioner YS Dadwal said Saturday.

"There was an increase in the total Indian Penal Code (IPC) cases by 1.42 percent. There was a substantial increase in the incidence of kidnapping cases from 1,502 to 2,417 (60.9 percent) due to the decision to register cases straightway in the cases of missing children up to the age of 16," Dadwal said during the Delhi Police`s annual press conference.

"There was also a major increase in motor vehicle theft cases by 19.5 percent. However, there was a decline in heinous crimes such as murder, attempt to murder, robbery, rioting and rape by 2.97 percent as compared to last year," he said.

A total of 47,072 IPC cases were registered in 2009 against 46,614 in 2008. A total of 11,892 motor vehicle thefts were registered last year as compared to 9,949 cases in 2008.

Dadwal said there was also decline in the incidence of molestation, snatching, causing hurt and burglary.

The commissioner said as compared to five cases under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) in 2008, 25 people were booked under it last year.


First Published: Saturday, January 2, 2010 - 18:16
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