Kathmandu – Despite a ban on drunk-driving, the illegal activity is going on rampantly. A passenger bus (Dha 1 Kha 613) with 25 passengers onboard heading to Baglung from Kathmandu was taken under control from Kalanki after its driver was found under the influence of alcohol.
Likewise, the same day, a bus (Na 6 Kha 1080) carrying 35 passengers faced action after its driver was found drunk-driving.
These are only representative examples. Seven night bus drivers who transport passengers between Kathmandu and other parts of the country faced action for drunk-driving in the past three days alone, said the Metropolitan Traffic Police Division.
Hundreds of passengers die in road accidents and many others injury, thanks to negligence of drivers in part. The Division has filed a public case against the drivers arrested.
The traffic police have launched a clampdown on drunk-driving especially during night time following complaints from passengers, said Senior Superintendent of Police Basanta Kumar Panta, adding that 79 night passenger bus drivers faced action for drunk-driving so far in the current fiscal year.
Likewise, the Division has taken action against 378,927 drivers operating in the Kathmandu valley for violating traffic rules in the past 10 months alone. Of them, 26,197 were booked for drunk-driving. ---