KATHMANDU, Sept 20: The Metropolitan Traffic Police Division (MTPD) is set to tighten its screws on those driving under the influence (DUI) during the upcoming festivals of Bada Dashain, Tihar and Chhath.
The MTPD will increase its surveillance and check posts to contain a high number of incidents of DUI leading to accidents during the festive season.
MTPD Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Milan Basnet said the frequency of the checking will be increased in view of the possibility of serious accidents taking place due to drunk drivers and reckless driving during the festive season.
The traffic police have put in place a special checking mechanism at the entrance points to the Kathmandu Valley to control inordinate fares charged by public vehicles, cramming passengers beyond the vehicles capacity and charging double tickets for a single seat.
A Civilian Help Post will be established with a goal of controlling irregularities within the valley. "A notice will be placed at the Civilian Help Post detailing the bus fares of the different distance while the representatives from the traffic police, Nepal Police, transport entrepreneurs and civil society will be present there," SSP Basnet shared.
He urged the public to immediately contact the help post officials if drivers are found to be violating the traffic rules. The help posts will be set up at valley's major intersections including new and old bus parks, Kalanki, Koteshwor, Gaushala, Balkhu, Sinamangal (airport), Sundhara, Nagdhunga, Jorpati, Machapokhari and Saatdobato.
The MTPD will encourage the use of mobile apps and disseminate information for people's awareness from FM stations. The traffic police officials stationed at various locations are also under instruction to provide prior information on incoming problems.
The MTPD will coordinate with the concerned authorities to enforce its stringent rules during the festivities. RSS