Bhubaneswar, Sept 1 (LocalWire): In a refreshing departure from ‘chaotic’ past, the traffic in the bustling capital city witnessed a disciplined and orderly trend, thanks to the newly-enforced hefty penalty provision on traffic violation cases.
The motor vehicles (amendment) Act, 2019 came into force today with traffic personnel swinging into action to enforce it in true letter and spirit, making things took better despite Sunday’s thin vehicular movement.
Those in the traffic management did their duty as they have been doing other days.
But there was a marked improvement in paying regard to the traffic rules on part of two wheeler and four wheeler riders.
The multi-fold rise in penalty has emerged as a deterrent for the perpetual traffic violators, deputy commissioner of police, commissionerate of police, Anup Sahoo, told LocalWire.
The offenders will be levied hefty penalties in accordance with the amended 2019 Motor Vehicle Act. However, the number of offences booked so far is comparatively low than the other days. The statistics on those booked and the penalties levied is being compiled, he said.
The traffic personnel are intent on intercepting rash and drunken drivers to make the roads safe for everybody. Teenagers and the age group of 20-25 year olds have been found rash driving. The traffic authorities have been asked to keep tab on juvenile offenders, he said.
‘I often skipped wearing helmet on shorter routes. But today, I opted to wear it while riding even in a bylane.
The increased penalty of Rs 1,000 has deterred me from skipping the helmet while driving,’ said a resident of Satyanagar, Rajendra Patnaik.
The state is a major road-accident-fatality corridor in the country with the number of road accident casualties registering an upswing by 11% as compared to last year in statistics availed from 2016-17 to 2017-18 data.
In 2017-2018 year, 1.49 lakh fatal accidents were was registered nationally.
Of it Odisha accounted for 5,315 deaths. Over 5,000 people were grievously injured in these mishaps. 2017 year saw 4,790 people succumbing to road accidents, according to officials of the state road transport department.
The statistics released by the State Road Safety Council presents disturbing trends with the state recording abnormally high rate of fatality due to road accidents as compared to the national average.
1.49 lakh people lost their lives countrywide, marking nominal 0.6% rise in such fatalities than the previous year.