My Republica, January 17, 2019
LAHAN: At least 39 people in Siraha district have met an untimely death in the last six months alone due to increased instances of road accidents. Around 50 others are living with disabilities due to the same reason.
“The importance of transportation cannot be ignored but it has resulted in an unprecedented number of road accidents and causalities,” said Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Purna Chandra Joshi, chief of the district's Traffic Directorate.
He stressed the need to find solutions to reduce the risks of accidents and to regulate traffic flows. “We have been holding discussions to find concrete solutions to the problem.”
According to the Traffic Directorate, the main reasons for accidents include drivers' negligence, followed by technical failure, road and weather conditions.
DSP Joshi said various measures have been taken to ensure maintenance of vehicles, a ban of overloaded vehicles and ban on drunk driving, and to ensure that traffic rules are being followed.
“In order to minimize road accidents, there should be a collaboration between all the stakeholders including the traffic police, Nepal Police, drivers and passengers. Then only can we succeed,” he added.