Pedestrians' death count sees 11% drop in 2012


As many as 980 pedestrians lost their lives in road accidents in Mumbai between 2010 and 2012. The statistics provided by the Mumbai (also known as Bombay, is the capital city of the Indian state of Maharashtra) traffic police recently.

“In 2012, 291 pedestrians died in road accidents. The corresponding figures in 2011 were 323,” said Vivek Phansalkar, joint commissioner of police (traffic).

He added that there has been an 11 per cent fall in the number of pedestrians’ deaths in 2012 as compared to 2011 because of awareness among people. In 2010, 366 pedestrians were killed in road accidents in city.

Ashok Datar, a traffic expert, said: “Pedestrians should be more disciplined and careful while crossing roads. We will have to initiate innovative campaigns to bring a change in pedestrian behaviour.”