Nearly 150,000 traffic violators booked in Delhi

Last Updated: Wed, Sep 02, 2009 16:20 hrs

Nearly 150,000 people were fined for violating traffic rules in the national capital in a fortnight, highest number of drivers being booked for jumping the red light, police said Wednesday.

A total of 145,914 tickets were issued during Safe Pedestrian Crossing Fortnight Aug 17-31.

'Of those, 26,669 were fined for jumping the red light, 24,234 were fined for parking at improper places, 12,156 were 'challaned' (fined) for dangerous driving, 4,954 for jaywalking, and 8,495 were booked for crossing the stop-lines,' a traffic police official said.

'There was a sharp decline in road accidents, both fatal and simple as compared to the same period last year and the previous fortnight (Aug 2-16, 2009),' the official added.

The official said that pedestrians accounted for over half of the deaths in road accidents in Delhi. In 2008, Delhi recorded 2,088 deaths due to accidents. Of these, 1,075, were pedestrians.

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