Special traffic drives seem to have a positive impact on fatal accidents in the national capital with statistics showing that there was a decline in such incidents in the second half of August when the drive was on.

Fatal accidents in the second fortnight of August witnessed a drop of 15 from the previous fortnight, the police said.

While there were 92 fatal accidents in the first half, a senior police officer said, the number of such incidents dropped to 77 in the second half of the month.

“During the second fortnight, we were running a special drive focussing on the safety of pedestrians. As a result there was a sharp decline in fatal accidents compared to the first half,” the officer said.

The figure was also less than that in the corresponding period last year, which reported 83 fatal accidents.

A total of 1,45,914 people were charged for violating traffic rules during the Safe Pedestrian Fortnight, observed during August 17-31, with those jumping red lights topping the list. A total of 26,669 people were caught jumping red lights when the drive was on.

A total of around 23.5 lakh drivers were prosecuted during the first eight months of this year. Around 4.62 lakh people were charged for jumping red light during the year.

During the second fortnight of August, improper parking followed red light jumping in the list with 24,234 (last year 17,121). A total of 12,156 people were charged for dangerous driving this year, so far.

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