City’s killer roads claimed 219 lives so far this year

Sunil Pradhan
Saturday, 29 July 2017

The traffic police said that in 90 per cent of the cases of deaths of two-wheeler riders, the riders are found riding helmetless. Around 380 people died in road accidents in 2016.

Pune: Over 219 persons were killed in road mishaps in the city this year.  This includes 70 deaths in last two months. The Friday accident at Chandani Chowk which claimed lives of two persons and left one injured clearly highlights risk faced by pedestrians.

According to the City Traffic Police Department, every year 50 per cent of people dying in mishaps are two-wheeler riders and 25 per cent are pedestrians, which points to the need to have pedestrian-friendly infrastructure.  As per the Traffic Police Department, 30 persons lose their lives in accidents every month in the city. 

A 23-year-old woman doctor, Anuradha Pantulwar, died after she was hit by a speeding water tanker near Magarpatta in Hadapsar on Wednesday. Anuradha, a student of the first-year doctorate in medicine was not wearing a helmet and died on the spot due to severe head injuries. Similarly, a 25-year-old software engineer, Satish Prabhakar died in a hit-and-run case in Bhosari on July 19. The deaths of Anuradha and Satish points to the need for people to take safety precautions while on the road.

Speaking on the issue of 70 people dying in road accidents in last two months, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Ashok Morale said that monsoon is one reason for the number of accidents but not the only reason.

“In monsoon season roads are slippery, vehicles break down, the weather is not clear, visibility is less which are some causes of accidents,” added Morale.

The traffic police said that in 90 per cent of the cases of deaths of two-wheeler riders, the riders are found riding helmetless. Around 380 people died in road accidents in 2016.

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