HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: An 18-year-old Rashu Shakya, who was maimed for life after a terrible road accident, inaugurated a photo exhibition to raise road safety awareness organised by Metropolitan Traffic Police Sector in Durbar Marg today.
Shakya lost her legs after a truck hit her scooter on November 30, 2010, when she was on her way to college.
“May this not happen to others and may they never have to bear with this kind of tragedy all their life,” said Shakya recounting the tale of the ill-fated day.
“It is the need of the hour to raise awareness on road accidents and fair driving,” she said. The photo exhibition with the theme of “Safe Travel, Our Wish” aims to raise awareness on road safety through photos captured from the streets of the Kathmandu Valley.
As many as 4,323 road accidents were reported in the Valley so far this fiscal year (2011/12), killing 129 people, said DIG Ganesh Raj Rai, in-charge of Metropolitan traffic Police Division, at the programme.
“Of these accidents, 76 per cent were blamed on negligence of driver followed by speeding (11 per cent), willful overtaking (5 per cent), while rest of the cases blamed on drunk-driving,” he said.
“We can reduce road accident only if drivers abide by the traffic rules,” he added. Metropolitan Police Commissioner, AIG Kuber Singh Rana, directed traffic officials to perform their duties in a profession manner.
Inspector Sitaram Hachhethu was the brains behind the photo exhibition. He himself had taken the photos.