Bhubaneswar, Nov 30 (LocalWire) Armed with the Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Act, 2019, Odisha police have arrested 160 persons during last 24 hours on charges of drunken driving following a massive crackdown launched at different places in the state.
Odisha DGP Satyajit Mohanty on Saturday said that 160 persons were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol of which Ganjam district accounted for 27 offenders followed by Malkangiri (25), Mayurbhanj (24) and Jajpur (15).
A bike rider was also fined Rs 10,000 on similar charge near Jatamundia under Banki police station of Cuttack district after he was caught in an inebriated state during vehicle checking, he said.
Meanwhile, Bhubaneswar-Cuttack twin city police commissioner Sudhanshu Sarangi said that the commissionerate police will slap hefty fines on those found to be violating the traffic rules.
In its efforts to ensure proper implementation of the new law, police are keeping a close watch and fines would be slapped on the offenders of traffic rules through issue of challan with automated machines, he said.
“We have instructed the traffic police personnel not to argue with the rule violators.
If they do not pay the fine on the spot, a challan will be sent to their address. They have to pay fine at the office of commissionerate police within a specified timeline.
Otherwise, the amount will be entered into their account and they have to pay it with interest at the time of depositing the annual tax at the RTO,” he added.
Sarangi said that places where the traffic police are not present, violators will be identified through CCTV and challans to be sent to their address .
Besides, automatic systems would be installed at many places to nab the offenders, he said.
Meanwhile, during a crackdown on drunken driving between September 6 and October 31, as many as 5,856 offenders were arrested in the state under section 202 and 203 of Motor Vehicle Act.
They were intercepted mostly near NH toll plazas, check gates and busy thoroughfares and the police used breath analyzers to spot the culprits.
Among the offenders, Ganjam district with 1191 cases accounted for the highest interception of drunken driving followed by Mayurbhanj (702), Jajpur (635), Sundargarh (250), Dhenkanal (249), Kalahandi (214), Gajapati (212).
The state police have put in place check posts at toll plazas on national highways aimed at cutting down road accident fatalities due to drunken driving, the sources said.