With COVID-related restrictions being lifted by the State government following a drastic dip in cases, the Transport Department and State Police have resumed drive to check drunken driving. In a state-wide joint drive against drunken driving, around 2,600 drivers were subjected to breath analyzer test on Saturday night.
In the night-long drive, a total of 251 drivers were detected driving under the influence of alcohol. As per the directives of the Supreme Court Committee on Road safety, a total of 138 driving licenses (DLs) were suspended. Police and RTO staff detained 232 vehicles of the offenders. In strict action 216 drunk drivers were arrested.
As many as 59 drivers were detected driving under influence of alcohol in Cuttack district. All of them were arrested. A total of 33 DLs were suspended in the district.
Similarly, in Subarnapur district 20 drivers were found under influence of alcohol and 17 of them arrested.
The September 2019 amendment of the Motor Vehicles Act 1988 mentions that in the case of drunken driving, first-time offenders will face imprisonment up to six months and/or fine up to Rs 10,000. The second offence, if within two years, can lead to up to two years prison term and/or fine of Rs 15,000.