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Kolkata drivers most law-abiding in the country

February 3, 2014

Kolkata drivers are the most law-abiding when it comes to driving, reveals a recent survey. The survey was conducted by an insurance major in December 2013 in five cities — Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore and Ahmedabad. The survey covered the habits of 487 car owners and 500 motorcycle owners in the age bracket of 21-45 years. The survey only covers owner-driven cars.

Some encouraging facts

As many as 74% car drivers always wear seat belts. Similarly, 68% of the city’s bikers always wear helmets, the survey revealed. Both figures are way above the national average — 56% 58% respectively.

According to the survey, 71% of drivers and bikers abide by road rules, while the figure in Delhi is 65%, 62% in Mumbai and 59% in Bangalore.

In terms of safety devices, most car owners in Kolkata want a rear parking sensor (GPS sensor in other cities) but not many are keen on airbags. Again, women were found to be safer drivers, with not many talking on mobiles while driving.

According to the report, 90% Kolkata drivers will dial 100 for police help after accident, while nationally 85% will dial 100, while 92% drivers in Mumbai and 98% in Delhi will dial 100 after an accident.

Words of praise

DC (traffic) Dilip Adak said the awareness to wear seat belts was increasing. “We also try to create awareness about wearing helmets. Moreover, whenever the traffic police spot helmetless bike riders, they slap fines. For that reason, this menace was also reducing in the city,” he added.

Most respondents felt that increasing fines would lower accidents, though drivers felt pedestrians often act irresponsibly.

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