Man killed in hit-and-run

RBP urges all road users to follow traffic rules and regulations

Crime: Thimphu police arrested a man suspected to be involved in a hit-and-run incident that occurred at around 12:30am yesterday.

However, police are still investigating the case and are yet to verify the identity of the suspect and vehicle.

A speeding vehicle hit the 27-year old victim as he was trying to cross the expressway below Kuensel Corporation Ltd. The deceased was with five others at the time of the incident.

The victim succumbed to injuries and was declared dead upon reaching the national referral hospital.

A police official said that the vehicle driver had fled the scene instead of helping the victim. Some broken parts of the vehicle were found on the road. “The Traffic Police division carried out a massive search to trace the vehicle,” added the police official.

The police official explained that despite the Royal Bhutan Police (RBP) and other stakeholders’ carrying out mass awareness and sensitisation programmes on traffic rules and regulations, there are many reckless drivers.

Therefore, RBP will be carrying out strict enforcement of traffic rules and regulations to prevent road accidents leading to loss of life, the official said. Zebra-crossing rules will also be strictly monitored to reduce accidents, it was added.

“Pedestrians should use zebra-crossings at all times as a safety measure,” the official said.

RBP will install 118 CCTV (closed circuit television) cameras in Thimphu city by September next year through the Safe City Solution to ensure people’s safety and security despite the huge costs being incurred, the police official added.

“In such cases, the cameras will allow police to detect and trace the suspects.”

Dechen Tshomo

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