HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Despite enforcement of safety measures, fatal road accidents continued unabated in the year that was.
According to Nepal Police statistics, the year 2069 BS had the highest road accident death toll in the last three years. The year 2069 recorded 1,637 deaths compared to 1,614 in 2068 BS and 1,573 in 2067 BS across the country.
Although road accident deaths went up, the number of road accidents have surprisingly decreased to a record low in 2069 BS with 7,493 against 9,645 in 2068 BS and 7,656 in 2067 BS. Another interesting fact is that injury due to road accident also decreased to 3,564 in 2069 BS from 4,086 in 2068 BS and 4,156 in 2067.
DIG Keshav Adhikari, Central Police Spokesperson, attributed the increased death toll to poorly maintained mountainous roads despite reduction in the number of road accidents in 2069 BS.
“We have recorded at least 13 fatal road accidents involving vehicles of mass transportation along the national highways and mountainous roads, which accounted for 268 deaths in 2069 BS. Negligence of drivers is responsible for most road accidents,” he reasoned.
DIG Adhikari said the law enforcement agency was doing its best to reduce road accidents and death toll due to these accidents on the road.
“Traffic awareness campaign is on our priority list. We have been operating school liaison programmes and circulating pamphlets carrying awareness messages. Police have started charging drunk drivers with public offence and conducting orientation sessions for drivers and helpers,” he said.
According to police, highway patrolling has also been intensified to catch unruly drivers carrying passengers and goods beyond the limit of vehicles.