Bhubaneswar, Dec 3 (LocalWire): Cracking the whip on drunken driving, Odisha police arrested as many as 8,583 offenders in the last 90 days across the state in accordance with the stringent provisions of the Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Act, 2019.
While 1,685 drunk drivers were arrested in September, 2,577 people were put behind bars on similar charges in October.
During November, 1,926 drunk drivers were detected by breath analyzers and were remanded to judicial custody.
Ganjam district in the southern part of the state recorded the highest number of drunken driving cases with 1,799 people being arrested in the past three months.
The district accounted for 20 percent of total drunken driving cases booked across the state followed by Mayurbhanj with 1,061 drunken driving offences.
Puri recorded the lowest percentage of such offences with 21 cases in last three months,
The police invoked stringent legal action under Section 202 and 203 of Motor Vehicles Act to arrest drunk drivers of two-wheelers, three-wheelers and four-wheelers.
The drunk drivers were caught mostly near NH toll plazas, check gates and busy thoroughfares after analyzing their breath, said senior police officials.
With driving of vehicles under the influence of liquor mainly attributed to the rising road accident fatalities, police have resolved to invoke the Act which empowers them to arrest the culprits.
Such action is highly required to check road fatalities, said police officials.
The state police have already put in place the check posts at National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) toll plazas to nab the offenders and put them behind bars.
The sole objective for establishing check posts at strategic locations is to bring down the road accident fatalities which have risen alarmingly over the years.
Drunken driving is one of the potential factors for the rising graph of road accidents and fatalities, they said.
Besides drunken driving, over-speeding, use of mobile phone while driving, unregulated vehicular traffic, violation of road safety norms and unauthorised roadside parking have all contributed to the rise in the number of road-accident deaths.
Police are empowered to arrest drunken offenders under Section 185 of Motor Vehicle Act and suspend their licenses under Section 20 of MV Act.