Fatal accidents in the city limits have been reduced thanks to strict enforcement of traffic rules.
What’s it about? Fatal road accidents were down by 11.84% last year, with 499 recorded incidents in the Greater Chennai police limits. Hotspots were identified as having more than three to five non-fatal accidents within a stretch of 500 metres. Deputy Commissioner-level officers visited these locations and suggested new infrastructure and enforcement strategies.
- At 104 places, the road infrastructure is being improved. About 60% of victims were on two-wheelers and pillion riders. There were 2,000 daily cases registered against those without helmets.
- Due to this, compliance with the mandatory helmet rule increased by 85%. However, pillion rider helmet compliance remained low at 13%.
Other challenges: Drunken driving was a serious problem, with 180 cases on average on weekends. Additional e-challan machines and breath analysers were given to police officers. Groups involved in bike racing and rash driving are being monitored and tracked through social media.