Traffic offence and accidents more in Thimphu

More than two accidents occur every day in the country. This is going by the Royal Bhutan Police records.

Last year, 862 accidents occurred in the country, which led to 104 deaths.

About 60 percent of the total accidents occurred in Thimphu.

Highest death due to accidents was recorded in Mongar and Phuntsholing with 15 cases each. Trongsa, Trashiyangtse, and Bumthang recorded the least deaths with four cases.

Traffic Dvision’s superintendent of police, Lieutenant Colonel Namgay, said that accidents happen mostly due to driver’s error. “Speeding, not following the signboards, and fatigue could be called as driver’s error. Bhutanese drivers don’t plan their journey.”

RBP recorded 85 cases of hit and run in 2017, 56 in Thimphu and 24 in Paro. Speeding offences dropped to 597 cases from 1,288 cases in 2016.

More than 1,000 cases of carrying extra passenger and overloading offences were recorded in 2017. Samdrupjongkhar and Gelephu recorded the highest cases of overloading with 338 and 334 cases respectively.

Parking violations, missing driving licence and drink driving were the top offences recorded in 2017.

More than 5,000 cases of parking violations were recorded in 2017. There were 4,475 cases of missing driving licence on spot.

He said that parking violations included double parking, parking in non-parking area, and improper parking. “Drink driving is maximum in Thimphu because every Friday and Saturday we having checking with extra men. 1,647 cases of drinking driving was recorded in Thimphu.”

A total of 2,441 cases of drink driving was recorded in the country.

Last year, 39,650 Traffic Infringement Notice (TIN) were issued. This generated Nu 39.8 M through penalty. In 2016, Nu 36.7 M was generated.

Phurpa Lhamo

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