As many as 729 persons were killed in road accidents in Bengaluru during 2014
The number is the lowest recorded in the past decade since 2005.
Among the 5,004 accidents reported during 2014, 703 resulted in deaths while the rest resulted in injury to 4,098 persons.
In perspective, the number of vehicles on the road has more than doubled in the past decades – from 24.67 lakh vehicles in 2005 to nearly 54 lakh vehicles in 2014.
Though nine out of 10 deaths involve pedestrians and two-wheelers, the traffic police said that nearly 60 per cent of the accidents involve heavier vehicles, including buses, trucks, cars, maxi cabs, among others.
Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic) B. Dayanand attributed the reduction in the number of accidents to preventive measures taken by traffic police, which has adopted a zero-tolerance approach towards any traffic violation
Giving details of fine imposed on traffic rules violators during the year, Mr. Dayanand said that they had collected Rs. 66 crore by imposing fine on violators
Rash driving, not following lane discipline, drunken driving, jumping traffic signals, using mobile phones while driving are some of the violations that police believe increased the risk of accidents on road and they formed nearly a fourth of the offences recorded.
So from as many as 16,194 repeat traffic violators, traffic police seized their driving licences.
Significantly, technology played a greater role in helping police book traffic violators.