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Open Access Letter to the Editor

Road traffic accidents in Kathmandu—an hour of education yields a glimmer of hope

Bibhusan Basnet13*, Rais Vohra23, Amit Bhandari1 and Subash Pandey1

Author Affiliations

1 B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan, Nepal

2 UCSF Fresno Medical Center, Fresno, CA, USA

3 Nepal Emergecny Medicine Organization, Fresno, CA, USA

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Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine 2013, 21:19  doi:10.1186/1757-7241-21-19

Published: 21 March 2013

Abstract

After the Metropolitan Traffic Police, Kathmandu initiated a “No Drinking and Driving” policy in 2011 in which a major intervention for intoxicated drivers was mandatory 1-hour class to modify drunk driving behaviors, reports show that the number of road traffic accidents in the year 2012 decreased by 23 percent from the year 2011. The injury to fatality ratio decreased by 21 percent in this period. We remain encouraged by these statistics which confirm that increased enforcement of road traffic rules, combined with behavioral change programs, can have positive changes in LMICs which suffer considerably from the global burden of trauma.

Keywords:
Road traffic accidents; No drinking and driving policy; Behavioral program