Bhubaneswar, Sept 6 (LocalWire): The state police have decided to nab drunken drivers at National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) toll plazas and put them behind the bars since driving vehicles under the influence of liquor attribute to the growing number of road accidents.
Each NHAI toll plaza and other vulnerable accident-prone spots will be manned by police with breath analyzers.
The checking at toll plazas will become operational soon to strictly enforce the Motor Vehicle Amendment Act, senior police officials told LocalWire today.
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.
The drunken driving is one of the potential factors for the northwardly graph of road accidents and fatalities, they said.
The road safety committee constituted under the direction of the Apex court has asked police to prosecute the offenders under Section 185 of Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 and suspend their license under Section 20 of MV Act.
They have also asked the police to strictly enforce the penal sections and arrest the offenders.
The state home department has also directed the police to take legal action under Section 202 and 203 of Motor vehicle Act to control drunken driving.
Of the 1.49 lakh deaths caused by road accidents during 2017-2018 in India, 5,315 deaths were reported from Odisha, while over 5,000 people were grievously injured in road mishaps; over 4,790 people had succumbed to injuries in road accidents in the previous year.
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.