NEW DELHI: High speed for once has found favour with Delhi Traffic Police. Cops are issuing challans to errant drivers every five seconds, averaging around 18,000 challans every 24 hours. 7,62,000 tickets were given in the first 45 days of this year, doubling last year’s record. Police claim the drive has reduced the death rate on city roads. 178 fatal accidents, which claimed 180 lives were recorded till February 28, against 273 accidents and 280 fatalities in the same period last year. Riders of two-wheelers and pedestrians were the main casualties.
“We have specially posted policemen in accident-prone areas and are focusing on two wheelers. The number of challans have gone up by 385 per cent for triple riding and 271 per cent for driving without helmets,” said Special Commissioner, Traffic, Ajay Kashyap. Drunken driving tops the reasons for accidents. “The Western and Southern ranges, which have the maximum number of restaurants and bars, account for almost 45 per cent of such cases,” he added.