Valley traffic police feted for crackdown on drink-driving

Kathmandu, December 29

Nepal Alcohol Policy Alliance, a national network of organisations working for human rights and alcohol control, today offered a civil felicitation to the Metropolitan Traffic Police Division in recognition of its contribution to reducing drink-driving related accidents.

Chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission Anup Raj Sharma on behalf of NAPA felicitated MTPD in-charge DIGP Jaya Bahadur Chand with a letter of honour and a shawl amid a function organised in the capital.

According to NAPA, the honour was conferred on the MTPD for its relentless crackdown on drink-driving and helping reduce road accidents, injuries and fatalities triggered by drink-driving.

On the occasion, NHRC chief Sharma praised the MTPD’s campaign against drink-driving and stressed that it had not only helped reduce road accidents but restored peace in families by reducing incidents of domestic violence.

DIGP Chand informed the punishment handed down to drunk drivers was still lenient and laid emphasis on the need to enact stricter laws to discourage drink-driving. He also said that the MTPD would continue to act tough against drink-driving.

The MTPD has already booked more than 175,000 motorists in the Kathmandu Valley since the the campaign was launched in 2011.