93 accidents reported in Valley

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Oct 26, 2015-With very few vehicles plying the road in the Capital due to fuel shortage, the Valley saw a decline in the number of road accidents during the Dashain festival this year, the Metropolitan Traffic Police Division said.

According to MTPD, a total of 93 accidents were reported from October 13 to October 23. During the festival time last year, 130 vehicles met with accidents.

MTPD Spokesperson Superintendent of Police Posh Raj Pokhrel said a majority of these vehicles which met with accidents were motorbikes, caused by either speeding or drunk driving. “There were very few vehicles on the road this time owing to the fuel shortage, which could be a factor for fewer accidents,” SP Pokhrel said.

He said though the number of accidents is dropping gradually, there was an increase in the number of people arrested for drunk driving. A total of 1,067 people were arrested so far on the charge of driving under influence during the Dashain festival. “Each day around 100 people were arrested on drunk driving charge on normal days while the number reached to an average of 125 people each day during Dashain,” SP Pokhrel said.

Among them were six drivers of public transportation, who will be charged in public offense.

“Although people are aware of the issue, they tend to believe that there will be no police checks during the festival time,” Pokhrel said. “However, we had deployed enough personnel in nooks and corners to curb driving under influence.”

Published: 26-10-2015 09:04

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