July 18, 2017 03:30 AM NPT
DHADING, July 17: Although the number of road accidents in Dhading was comparatively low in the last one year, the number of people killed in those accidents was high.
There were altogether 98 accidents in the fiscal year 2016/17 in the district which claimed about 90 lives. In fiscal year 2013/14, there were 149 accidents and 61 fatalities. This clearly shows that the number of human casualties has increased sharply in the recent years.
As per the records of the District Traffic Police Office (DTPO),Dhading, the rate of accident has decreased by 34 percent while the number of human casualty in such accidents has increased by 48 percent. It seems that the awareness programs on reducing the number of accidents have been quite effective for large-sized vehicles but not for motorbikes. As the number of motorbike-related accidents have not been reduced.
According to Ram Chandra Ghimire, police inspector at the DTPO, Gajuri, motorbike rides have been proved more risky for the passengers. “Those riding on bikes usually die on the spot while the passengers on large vehicles still have chances of survival if rescued on time and given timely treatment,” Ghimire said.
In most of the cases, poor condition of road and carelessness of drivers have been identified as the major causes of accidents. There are uncountable number of potholes and mud holes in the road section of Galchi- Nagdhunga and on the other hand passengers are always in a hurry to cross the congested Narayanghat-Muglin road section, which lead to frequent accidents. Comparatively, the number of injured has also reduced. In the last fiscal year, the number of injured in 98 accidents was 208. Police had listed 12 of them as critically injured.
Action taken against 54,000 public vehicles, 40 million revenue collected
As many as 54,000 public vehicles have been penalized and charged for violating traffic rules. This has helped in collecting revenue of around Rs 40 million. In the fiscal year 2013/14, the traffic police had collected revenue of Rs 19.5 million. In the fiscal year 2015/16, the revenue collection has shot up by a large margin because of the hike in penalties for traffic rules violation. As per the information provided by the DTPO, Gajuri, mostly trucks and tippers have been penalized.