LUDHIANA: Smooth, wide and tree-lined, there is nothing on the surface to betray the danger lurking on city roads. Over the last five years, pedestrians have been falling prey to fatal road accidents. They constitute the majority of casualties in accident cases. Of the 121 casualties reported in road accidents till December 15, 2012, about 33% were pedestrians. The latest victim was a middle-aged man who was run over by a speeding car while crossing the road in Sector 43.
“We have observed that pedestrians form a major chunk of road accident victims. We have run many campaigns to educate pedestrians about road safety norms to check such incidents,” said superintendent of police (traffic) Maneesh Chaudhary.
Chaudhary also attributed the road accidents to the dramatic rise in the population of Chandigarh over the last few years. According to him, the city needs infrastructure like foot overbridges. Sources in the Chandigarh traffic police said they suggested certain engineering changes on city roads to the administration after studying various road accidents but officials declined them saying they would interfere with the heritage status of the city. With authorities wondering what to do, pedestrians continue to bear the brunt of heritage infrastructure. On December 14, 2012, a 29-year-old pedestrian was killed after being hit by a speeding car in Sector 23.