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Using mobile phone while driving tops the list of traffic offense recorded between 2011 and 2016. It is followed by drink driving and over speeding.

According to a study conducted by the ministry of information and communications, traffic offenses are increasing gradually over the years with the increasing number of vehicles in the country. ”It results in immense social and economic costs as well as burden on the health sector,” it stated.

In the duration of six years, a total of 6,648 offenses were on for using mobile phone while driving, 5,907 for drink driving and 5,697 for over speeding.

The study found that the maximum number of offenses was recorded in 2015 with 17,239 offenses and it is more rampant on Fridays. Drivers between the age of 25 and 31 have recorded the most number of offenses, and male drivers committed 95 percent of the offenses.

Daily trend reveal that highest number of offenses were recorded on Friday, Wednesday and Saturday.

Use of mobile phone while driving is prevalent among male drivers within the age group of 27-31. As for the female drivers, this offense is high among drivers within the age bracket of 28-34. This offense is seen decreasing with increasing age of drivers.

Records show that using mobile phones while driving is the most common offense for new drivers and more prevalent among drivers with 0 to five years of experience. This also drops with increasing driving experience.

Drink driving is more frequent among drivers within the age of 26-30. The study also found that drink-driving cases decrease with increase in drivers’ age and experience. Drink-driving offense starts from 0 years of driving experience.

Similarly over speeding is also prevalent within age of 26-30 and decreases with increase in age and experience. Major over speeding offense is observed among novice drivers with one and two years of experience.

The study also found that a driver has committed 24 traffic offenses with the study period, the highest repeat offender. 6,244 male drivers and 433 female drivers have been fined two times each.

For pool vehicles, carrying excess passengers, drink driving and using mobile phone are the top offenses recorded.

Measures such as public advocacy programs, introduction of smart technologies, spot inspection and compulsory refresher courses for traffic offenders are found effective. It was found that only one percent of drivers who attended the refresher course had offense records.

Tshering Dorji

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