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Road fatalities show a rise

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816 fatal road accidents in 2010

The number of fatal accidents on the city's roads increased during 2010 when compared to the previous year — 816 against 737.

Areas falling under the Banaswadi, Madiwala, Electronics City, MICO Layout, Whitefield, Peenya, R.T. Nagar, Hebbal, Yelahanka, Chikkajala and Devanahalli continue to be the most accident-prone zones in the city, said the Bangalore Traffic police, which released the statistics here on Thursday.

However, the number of non-fatal accident cases declined to 5,667 in 2010 from 6,138 in 2009. Most were a result of over-speeding, wrong overtaking and jumping lights.

Cases booked for drunken driving went up in 2010 — 66,930 against 38,665, though this was attributed to stringent checking with alcometer and breathalysers.

Rise in fines

The city traffic police collected Rs. 47.56 crore in fines in 2010 against Rs. 37.6 crore in 2009 from traffic rules violators. Of this, Rs. 2.42 crore was collected through Violation Ticket System where people pay the fine voluntarily at any of the police stations, Bangalore One Centres or online. A sum of Rs. 2.52 crore was collected as towing charges for parking violations.

Similarly, the police booked 74,000 cases against autorickshaws for various offences, including refusal to go on hire, demanding excess fare, defective auto fare meters and defective silencers.

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