September 1, 2017
The Kathmandu Metropolitan Traffic Police Division (MTPD) has initiated a road safety campaign in Kathmandu Valley for educating motorcyclists on the importance of complying with traffic rules. As part of the campaign, riders will be stopped for a few minutes and counselled about road safety.
DIG Sarbendra Khanal, the in-charge at MTPD said that, ““Traffic police explain to motorcyclists how accidents occur and what precautions should be taken to avoid them. We also paste a ‘Safe Driving’ sticker on the motorcycles.”
Thamel, Gaushala, Tripureshwor, Chabahil, Maharajgunj, New Baneshwor, Jawalakhel and Koteshwor, Bhaktapur, are some of the places in the valley where the campaign is underway.
Motorcyclists and pedestrians account for nearly two-fifths of all road fatalities in Kathmandu Valley. The traffic police had earlier organized a safety campaign exceeding two months for pedestrians.
Statistics released by MTPD reveal that in the last fiscal, 181 persons were killed and over 4,000 injured, some of them critically, in 5,530 road accidents in the valley, with motorcycles contributing to nearly 70 percent of them.