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Report Shows 447 People Died in Mumbai Last Year Due to Road Accidents


Report Shows 447 People Died in Mumbai Last Year Due to Road Accidents
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The Mumbai Traffic Police along with the Bloomberg Philanthropies Initiative for Global Road Safety and its partners published a report on death and injury statistics after looking at 184 kilometres of roads in Mumbai. 

The overall analysis found that there was a decrease in road traffic deaths between 2015 and 2019. Figures from 2019 show that 447 people died as a result of road accidents in the city. This was a reduction of 3% as compared to the statistics from 2018 and a 47% fall compared to the numbers from 2015.

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The figures further show that around 99 per cent of the perpetrators of fatal crashes were male while around 80 per cent of the victims were also male. The majority of the drivers involved in these fatal accidents in 2019 belonged to the age group of 20 to 24 years.  

However, most victims of fatal accidents last year were in the 30 to 59 years age group. The data goes on to mention that 90 per cent of the 2019 road deaths consisted of cyclists, motorcycle riders, as well as pedestrians. These three groups of people also accounted for 83% of the people injured in road crashes/accidents.

“The continuous decrease in road traffic deaths from 2015 through 2019 is an impressive testament to the hard work of city officials and police in Mumbai. But too many Mumbaikars are still at risk of injury or death just by walking through the streets,” Dr Sara Whitehead, Public Health and Preventive Medicine Consultant at Vital Strategies said.

The highest number of deaths or fatalities were seen on Ghatkopar Mahul Road and Balasaheb Thackeray flyover, the officials said. Meanwhile, the intersections at Amar Mahal and Godrej Junctions were deemed to be the most vulnerable with the highest number of road crash fatalities observed in the region last year.  

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Data shows that 18 people have died at Godrej Junction between 2017 and 2019 while 25 people have died at Amar Mahal junction during the same period. 

The Mumbai Traffic Control Branch separately released its report on road crash fatalities this year between January to August. The agency revealed that a total of 172 fatalities were recorded this year alone. Of these deaths, around 47% were reportedly pedestrians. 

Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic), Yashasvi Yadav said that the officials are looking to implement intelligent traffic management systems that will help control traffic while also bringing about a reduction in accidents and fatalities. 

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