New Delhi: Lesser people have died on Delhi roads in accidents this year compared to the past seven years with police on Monday attributing it to strict implementation of traffic rules.

According to latest statistics, 1,991 people lost their lives in accidents this year till December 15 while the figure was 2,076 last year.

"It is a matter of satisfaction that accident deaths have reduced in 2010 and 2011 which shows we are working in the right direction," Satyendra Garg, Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic), said.

Since 2006, the number of deaths due to road accidents were on a decline except for 2009.

In 2009, the figure was 2,234. In 2007, the figure was 2,064 while it was 2,106 in 2006.

"Our efforts to reduce accidents and deaths in city have paid off. Comparing figures as on December 15 every year, lesser people have died in accidents on roads since 2005," Garg said.

He said much more remains to be done as death figures are still high. "Concerted efforts can bring this figure down further. We will keep up the efforts," he said.

Garg said the biggest contributors in reduction of deaths have been drastic action against drunken driving including jail terms and suspension of driving licence of violators, action against commercial vehicles, presence of traffic policemen at intersections.

"We have taken action against violations by education related vehicles, violations by DTC buses, speed violation and host of other measures. We agree we can still focus on lots of other issues but we believe in concentrating and focusing our efforts in most important areas," he said.

"Already about 2,900 people have gone to jail," he said, adding that the police will continue to take firm action against traffic violators.

(Agencies)