76 deaths and 426 injured in 791 motor vehicle accidents in 2014

Driving under the influence, human error, hit and run, speeding, and road or weather condition are the major causes of motor accidents in Bhutan. According to the motor vehicle accident data maintained by the tariff police, there were 791 motor vehicle accidents in Bhutan in 2014. Of this 76 people have died and 426 were injured.

The record of the motor vehicle accident data maintained by tariff police shows, 382 accidents caused by human error, 160 under the influence of alcohol, 112 by hit and run, 62 by un-licensed drivers, 50 by pedestrian accident, 46 by over speeding, 35 by bad road and weather condition, 19 by mechanical defect and 10 by students.

Thimphu leads the country in terms of vehicle accidents but Gedu leads in terms of deaths showing the dangers and also the busy nature of Thimphu-Phuentsholing highway. Paro and Phuentsholing are second and third respectively in terms of vehicle accidents due to the high volume of vehicles travelling there.

The record with the Thimphu tariff police station shows that Thimphu alone had 602 motor vehicle accident cases and there were 10 deaths and 225 were injured. The cause of motor vehicles accident are 273 due to human error, 142 under influence of alcohol, 107 hit and run, 48 due to un-licensed driver, 39 by pedestrian accident, 17 due to speeding, 14 due to road and weather condition, two due to mechanical defect and one due to student.

Paro police station records show that there were 41 motor vehicle accidents, where 5 deaths and 30 injured. The cause of accident was eight under influence of alcohol and four un-licensed drivers.

The record with the Phuentsholing tariff branch, show there were 34 motor vehicle accidents, where one died and 16 were injured.

In Punakha there were four motor vehicle accidents but there were five deaths and five injuries.

In Wangdue, there were 14 motor vehicle accidents with seven deaths and 18 were injured.

The record with the Pasakha police station show there was only one motor vehicle accident due to human error.

As per the record with Gedu police station, there were 23 motor vehicle accident, 12 deaths and 56 injured. The cause of accident was one under influence of alcohol,   11 human error, four mechanical defect cases, four bad road and weather condition cases and 11 due to human error.

The record with nearby Tsimasham police station, show there were 26 motor vehicle accidents, three deaths and eight were injured. The cause of accident were one due to speeding, four due to bad road and weather condition, 16 human error, one student and two pedestrian accidents.

Samtse police station only recorded one motor vehicle accident and one death. The record with the Gomtu police station reflects one motor vehicle accident with three being injured.

Gelephu had five motor vehicle accidents, eight deaths and 15 injuries.

Zhemgang shows that there was one motor vehicle accident, one death and three were injured.

Sarpang police station record show there were five motor vehicle accidents, two deaths and four injured.

The record with the Panbang police station, there was one motor vehicle accident and injury due to an un-licensed driver.

In Dagana there were six motor vehicle accidents, three deaths and seven injured.

Trongsa had four motor vehicle accidents where there was one death and six were injured.

The record with Bumthang police station, there were two motor vehicle accidents.

Samdrup Jongkhar recorded eight motor vehicles accident with one being injured.

The record with Ngalam police station shows there were two motor vehicles accident where two were injured.

The record with Jomotsangkha police station shows one motor vehicle accident where there were five deaths and two injuries. The cause was due to speeding.

Trashigang recorded two motor vehicles accident and one death. Mongar police station showed that there was one motor vehicle accident where there were three deaths and two were injured whereas Gyelpozhing police station record shows that there were five motor vehicle accidents, eight deaths were reported and fourteen were injured.

 

 

 

 

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