KATHMANDU — As many as 500 people are being punished for violating the lane discipline on Kathmandu roads daily.
The high number of traffic rule violators was recorded as traffic police initiated a special campaign to maintain lane discipline starting on March 21.
Since then, 3,922 motorists and motorcyclists in the Valley have been punished for not adhering to their respective lanes, according to the Metropolitan Traffic Police Division.
The highest number of drivers punished for violating lane discipline on a particular day is 777 with the lowest being just six.
“We had to initiate a special campaign on lane discipline as it was leading to traffic jam as well as the risk of traffic accidents,” said the Division joint-spokesperson DSP Rajendra Dev Bhatta.
Anyone found violating the lane discipline is fined Rs. 200 and also given a one-hour class on the need to follow traffic rules.
Many lane violators are being caught with the help of CCTV cameras installed in various parts of the Valley while some were even apprehended by traffic personnel following them on a motorcycle, Bhatta said.
Sleeping in on weekends may help live longer
Sleep deprivation has been found to have numerous negative effects on a person’s health. But the new study has shown that sleeping more on the weekend might help ease health problems associated with not getting enough during the week, and even reduce the risk of an early death.
The study, published in Journal of Sleep Research by scientists from Sweden and the United States, suggested that the negative effects of a few nights of short sleep could be counteracted by staying in bed over the weekend.
The from the Stress Research Institute (SRI) at Stockholm University and the Karolinska Institute discovered that people below 65 years old who slept less than five hours on weekends had a higher risk of early death after examining medical and lifestyle data from more than 43,000 adults, following them for a period of 13 years.
For people who slept for less than five hours throughout the week but slept longer on the weekends for about nine hours, there was no increase in mortality risk. But, for people who consistently slept for less than five hours through the whole week, the mortality risk is higher.
Torbjorn Akerstedt, one of the authors of the research and a clinical neuroscience professor from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, said that the findings were consistent with previous studies on the link between sleep duration and mortality.
However, those previous studies only focused on sleep during weekdays.
“The results imply that short sleep is not a risk factor for mortality if it is combined with a medium or long weekend sleep,” the researchers wrote in the study.Follow @gorkhapost