72pc of accidents during festivals due to reckless driving

  • Police report
- Rastriya Samachar Samiti, Kathmandu

Nov 16, 2018-

Drivers’ negligence account for 72.41 percent of all road accidents that occurred during Dashain and Tihar festivals, a senior police officer said on Thursday.

Police Spokesperson Uttam Raj Subedi said, out of the 707 accidents registered in the country during Dashain and Tihar festivals, 512 happened because of drivers’ negligence.

Accidents claimed the lives of 151 people and 979 sustained injuries. Police released this data, culled from a study to find the reasons of road accidents during the festival season.

“Most of the accidents occurred due to drivers’ negligence. The other causes include rash overtaking, speeding and driving under the influence of alcohol,” said Subedi.

Police registered 205 road accidents during Tihar. Drivers’ negligence caused 154 of these, or around 75 per cent of the total number of road accidents, he said. Thirty-nine people died and 230 were injured in road accidents that occurred between November 5 and 10 during Tihar.

Likewise, out of 355 road accidents that occurred during Dashain, 242 road

accidents, or around 68 per cent, were due to drivers’ negligence, said Subedi.

These claimed the lives of 112 people and 749 people sustained injuries in road accidents that took place between October 10 and 22.

Out of the 707 road accidents registered across the country during Dashain and Tihar, 333 took place in Kathmandu Valley.

In these accidents, 15 were killed and 177 were injured, according to police.

Although traffic police launched different awareness campaigns to reduce road accidents, their efforts went in vain.

Published: 16-11-2018 07:14

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