166 died on Valley roads last year

- Rastriya Samachar Samiti, Kathmandu
Lack of respect for traffic rules by both pedestrians and drivers cited as a major cause of high number of deaths

Jul 25, 2016-A total of 166 people lost their lives in road accidents in Kathmandu Valley last fiscal year.

Of the deceased, 40 percent were pedestrians, according to the Metropolitan Traffic Police Division. Lack of respect for traffic rules by both pedestrians and 

drivers was cited as one of the major reasons behind the high number of road deaths in the country.

Insufficient road infrastructure and the absence of proper utilisation of available resources are other causes of accidents, officials said.

Meanwhile, the traffic police launched a pedestrian safety campaign on Sunday with an aim to reduce the fatalities.

An SMS service was also launched to receive complaints from passengers. People are requested to send texts to 9851295100 if they are overcharged or harassed during travel.

Published: 25-07-2016 11:52

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