…𝒅𝒊𝒔𝒕𝒖𝒓𝒃𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒔𝒑𝒊𝒌𝒆 𝒇𝒓𝒐𝒎 780 𝒕𝒐 1060 𝒄𝒂𝒔𝒆𝒔 𝒓𝒂𝒊𝒔𝒆𝒔 𝒄𝒐𝒏𝒄𝒆𝒓𝒏𝒔
The year 2023 witnessed a significant upswing in Motor Vehicle Accidents (MVAs), marking a sharp increase from 780 cases in 2022 to 1060 cases. Exploring the divisional statistics of the Royal Bhutan Police for the year, the Traffic Division emerges as the epicenter of this surge, reporting 205 MVAs, accompanied by 7 fatalities and 163 injuries. A close second is Division III Phuntsholing, with 171 MVA cases, 11 fatalities, and 95 injuries.
Analyzing the data on a district level, Thimphu emerges as the district with the highest number of MVA cases, closely trailed by Chukha. The alarming increase prompts a critical examination of the factors contributing to this rise.
The primary cause identified for the surge in MVAs is a lack of proper control over vehicles, accounting for a staggering 240 cases. Further analysis reveals that drunk driving contributed significantly with 194 cases, and overspeeding trailed closely behind with 109 cases. The revelation of these major contributors necessitates urgent attention and action from authorities to curb the escalating trend and ensure road safety in the region.
Unlicensed driving stands out as a significant contributor to Motor Vehicle Accidents (MVAs) in 2023, accounting for 92 cases. Notably, instances of drunk driving leading to MVAs have surged from 128 in 2022 to a concerning 194 in 2023.
In 2022, the primary contributors to Motor Vehicle Accidents (MVAs) were drunk driving, accounting for 128 cases, and a lack of proper control over vehicles, also at 128 instances. Additionally, over-speeding contributed to 71 cases, while unlicensed driving was a factor in 65 incidents.
Chukha recorded the highest number of Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) cases, totaling 124, resulting in 20 fatalities and 92 injuries in 2022. Following closely, Paro reported 90 MVAs, with 4 fatalities and 42 injuries.
The Traffic Division stated, “Functioning as an enforcement agency, we carry out regular road safety campaigns to raise awareness among drivers. In addition, we have bolstered CCTV surveillance, conducted meetings with stakeholders to improve infrastructure, and promoted awareness across various societal levels.”
“As part of our comprehensive road safety approach, we conduct daily highway checks, extending our vigilance into nighttime. Fridays are specifically designated as zero-tolerance days, during which we rigorously enforce actions against offenses such as driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and driving without a license. Furthermore, we’ve implemented advanced speed-checking systems as a key element of our strategy, capable of accurately assessing adherence to speed limits,” the Traffic Division explained.
They further said, “Furthermore, in a sincere effort to mitigate and suppress Motor Vehicle Accidents, the Traffic Division has proactively submitted specific requisites for advanced equipment and modern devices. This comprehensive proposal aims to enhance the safety of all road users and has been formally communicated to both the Bhutan Construction and Transport Authority (BCTA) for safety and the Thromde office responsible for road maintenance. The proposal underscores the imperative need for adequate infrastructural measures, including the installation of overhead bridges, provision of proper underpasses for pedestrians, appropriate placement of signage, and the implementation of precise road markings. The intent is to foster an environment conducive to road safety, thereby ensuring the well-being of the public navigating the thoroughfares.”
In the pursuit of safer roads, the Traffic Division is actively engaged in collaborative efforts with key stakeholders, namely BCTA and the Thromde office.