Over 500 drunk drivers booked during Tihar

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
Over 500 drunk drivers booked during Tihar

Oct 26, 2014-

As the traffic’s anti-drunk driving campaign intensified during the festivals, 520 people were booked in the Valley in three days of the Tihar festival. Among them, 11 drunk drivers were arrested and 95 vehicles were taken under control.

Officials at the MTPD said this is a significant rise in the number of drunk drivers charged compared to a regular day when around 110 vehicle drivers are arrested. The traffic police also collected Rs 520,000 in fines from the campaign. Out of the charged drunk drivers, around 20 were female.

“We deployed traffic police personnel at 55 areas across the Valley during the festivals to aware drunken drivers of their responsibilities,” said Basant Pant, MTPD spokesperson. The traffic division has been stern with the anti-drunk driving campaign in order to minimise alcohol-related road accidents and discourage people from driving in a drunken state.

Meanwhile, a total of 40 accidents took place during this period, majority of which were minor cases. One person died, 3 were critically injured and 30 other sustained minor injuries in separate road accidents in the Valley during the festival.

The MTPD had introduced the campaign against drunk driving in December 2011. The existing punishment for drunk-driving is a fine of Rs 1,000 and 20 minutes of mandatory class on the risk of drunk driving.

Published: 27-10-2014 09:04

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