Pune: The Pune-Mumbai Expressway has witnessed a drop in accident cases during and after the lockdown imposed since March 2020. While the number of vehicles on the road has decreased three times, the rate of accidents has also come down by five times as compared to the pre-lockdown situation.
Prior to the lockdown, on a daily basis, the Expressway saw regular traffic of around 30 thousand vehicles. This number reduced considerably during the lockdown, in a range of 8 to 10 thousand.
Meanwhile, though the reduced number of vehicles resulted in fewer fatalities, highway police have had to keep a watch on overspeeding vehicles as drivers tend to go overboard due to congestion-free roads.
As for now, the highway police have formed four teams to monitor the overspeeding vehicles. Most of the vehicles plying on the expressway presently are the heavy vehicles engaged in goods transport. Another chunk of travellers includes those who have been issued police passes to travel to and fro Pune and Mumbai.
Pritam Yavalkar, Superintendent of Highway Police said, "Out of the total accidents, nearly 44 per cent of accidents happen due to overspeeding. Hence we are more focussed on taking action against vehicles violating the speed limit norms on the expressway."
Adding his insights to the issue, Tanmay Pendse, a road-safety activist said, "Accidents have reduced on the expressway due to lower volumes of vehicular traffic. Since most vehicles are goods transporting vehicles, their speed is under control."
A comparison between the number of accidents, for the month of April and May, show a considerable reduction.
EXPRESSWAY ACCIDENTS IN THE MONTH OF APRIL-MAY 2019
- Accidents - 41
- Deaths - 12
- Injured - 19
EXPRESSWAY ACCIDENTS IN THE MONTH OF APRIL-MAY 2020
- Accidents - 8
- Deaths - 5
- Injured - 3