Bengaluru sees 21% dip in road deaths in 2020 | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: The number of people who died in road accidents in the city has reduced by more than 21% in 2020 compared to the previous year. Compared to 2018, the dip is 24%.
A quarter of all the dead were pedestrians in 2020, compared to nearly 33% in 2019 and 2018, the latest data released on Sunday shows.

Of the 657 people who died in 2020, only 77 were women, while over 150 were aged above 50 (24 above 70 years). Nearly 71% or 465 people who died had sustained head injuries. There were more than 100 graduates, including five doctors and 40 persons who had completed technical education, among the dead. While most of them (413) were Bengaluru residents, one foreigner and 106 people from other states also lost their lives in accidents. There were 116 from other districts of Karnataka.
“Increased road-safety awareness, made possible by multiple training sessions and camps held by police, is among the reasons for the dip in accidents,” the traffic police department said.
While conceding that the pandemic may also have helped reduce accidents, one officer said: “But there has been a consistent dip over the past few years and we would like to believe that our efforts, including an increased enforcement of traffic rules and effective night patrolling and better road and traffic infrastructure have also contributed.”
Other than pedestrians, 332 people were two-wheeler riders and 80 of them were riding pillion. Nineteen deaths involved three-wheelers, nine heavy motor vehicles and 46 light motor vehicles. The number of traffic violations increased 6% to 83.8 lakh compared to 79.2 lakh in 2019. It was 82.7 lakh in 2018.
The penalties levied for various violations increased by more than 11.6% in 2020 to touch Rs 100 crore (99.6), compared to Rs 89.1 crore in 2019. It was 81.2 crore in 2018.

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