Bhubaneswar, Sept 26 (LocalWire): Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today directed the enforcing agencies to renew their crackdown on drunk and over-speeding drivers as per the Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Act, 2019.
Patnaik in a video conference told the district Collectors, Superintendents of Police and Road Transport Officers not to spare the motorists and motorcyclists who are endangering the lives of others by rash and drunken driving.
Patnaik earlier in the month had announced a three-month relaxation in aggressive implementation of the amended rules in view of the state-wide resentment against levying of hefty penalties under the amended provisions of the Act.
Odisha has turned into an accident-prone zone with 5,000 people, mostly youths, getting killed in road accidents. It is a major cause of concern, Patnaik said while asking the district authorities to launch awareness campaign in a well-orchestrated manner.
The Transport department has been directed to augment public services, strengthen the facilitation centres, open extra counters, and conduct camps in public institutions to enable the vehicle users to update their compliance status.
There is the need for opening more facilitation centres in rural areas, he said.
With rate of road accidents fatalities registering upswing in the state, the rules under the amended MV Act 2019 are being strictly enforced across the country since 1 September with violators made to cough up heavy penalties.
The number of drunken drivers cooling their heels in jails has climbed up to over 500 since the implementation of the amended provisions of the Motor Vehicle Act.
The road safety committee has been directed to prosecute drunken offenders under Section 185 of Motor vehicle act, 1988 and suspension of license under Section 20 of MV Act.
The committee, constituted by the Supreme Court, had earlier directed the state government to reduce the road accident fatalities by 10% every year which, instead, are on the rise.
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.