Bhubaneswar, November 22 (LocalWire): The Odisha police have arrested over 5,856 offenders on charges of drunken driving during the two month period following the implementation of the Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Act, 2019.
The drunken-driving cases were intercepted and the drivers were arrested between 6 September and 31 October, police sources said, adding that stringent legal action was taken under section 202 and 203 of Motor Vehicle Act to arrest drunken drivers of two-, three- and four-wheelers.
The drunken drivers were intercepted mostly near the NH toll plazas, check gates and busy thoroughfares and the police used breath analyzers to detect the culprits, Crime Branch additional director general of police Santosh Kumar Upadhyaya said.
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) and other districts.
To curb the menace of drunken driving, the state police have put in place check posts at the toll plazas on the national highways.
“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 key factors contributing to the rising graph of road accidents and fatalities,” police sources stated.
The police are empowered to arrest the drunken offenders under section 185 and suspend their licenses under section 20 of the Motor Vehicle Act.