TANAHUN, July 25: As road accidents continue to increase in Mugling-Kotre road section of Prithvi Highway, stakeholders are finally showing concern in minimizing the chances of accidents.
Over-speeding has been identified as one of the major causes of accidents in the highway. Radar speed guns have been distributed to traffic police to measure the speed of moving vehicles and take appropriate measures to control them.
Vyas Municipality of Tanahun district on Monday handed two sets of radar guns to the police. The municipality chief Baikuntha Neupane handed over the radar guns to the District Traffic Police Office, Tanahun. They are already utilizing radar gun to measure speed of vehicles.
According to Superintendent of Police (SP) Siddhi Bikram Shah, they will now regularly test speed of vehicles moving along Kotre-Mugling road section of Prithvi Highway that falls in Tanahun. This is the first time such technology is being used in the highway, he informed.
“The speed limit has been set at 60 km/hr for every vehicle and 30-40 km/hr on turnings. We have determined the speed limit as per the road condition of the highway,” said SP Shah. “We will take action against any vehicle that drives in speed higher than the approved limit,” he added.
Hording boards have been set up at Kotre and Muglin areas to make drivers aware about the rules. Traffic signs have been placed in 40 different places of the road section.
Last year, 102 road accidents were recorded in Tanahun, which claimed 52 lives. The District Traffic Police Office hopes to reduce the number of accidents by 25 percent with the use of speed checking devices. Along with other measures, the office has set a target to minimize such accidents by 50 percent within a year.
Chief District Officer Bharat Kumar Sharma also expressed confidence that radar guns would contribute to minimizing the number of road accidents in the district.