Dhan Bdr Gurung, Pokhara, Feb 26: According to the records of the District Traffic Office, Kaski, action was taken against 245 drivers on drunk driving case between July and mid-February.
A fine of Rs 245,000 was also collected from them. It was hard for traffic police to taken action against drunk drivers due to fear of Corona.
Vehicular movement was halted since March 24 due to lockdown. There was no traffic check on the road but as lockdown was loosened from July 23, vehicle started to ply. Markets, hotels and restaurants began to re-open.
With the opening of hotels and restaurant, people started to drive vehicle in drunk condition. At that time, traffic checking was also on the rise. Finally lockdown was taken off and market came in full function. Thus rate of corona infection increased but it became hard for traffic to check drunk driving.
There were 37 road accidents in last 7 months in Kaski. Twenty six people died and 19 injured in the accidents.
According to Purna Bahadur Adhikari, Deputy Inspector at the District Traffic Police Office, Kaski, “There was a fear of corona so we worked using a breathalyzer from a distance.” He said that it would have been easier if the driver had accepted that they had consumed alcohol. “If they accepted, actions were taken according to the situation,” the official added.
There were 37 road accidents in last 7 months in Kaski. Twenty six people died and 19 injured in the accidents, officials said. Meanwhile, actions were taken action against owners of 18,014 vehicles.
Revenue of Rs. 129.38 million has been collected from fine. From July to mid-February, 2,892 trucks and trippers, 1,894 buses and 7,251 two-wheelers have been impounded.