Odisha intensifies drive against drunken driving


Bhubaneswar, April 17: The Odisha State Transport Department and the State Police, in a State-wide joint drive against drunken driving on Saturday night caught as many as 251 drivers driving vehicles under the influence of alcohol.

“About 2,600 drivers were subjected to a breath analyser test on Saturday night. In the night-long drive a total of 251 drivers were detected driving under influence of alcohol,” said a State Transport Department release.

In accordance with the directives of the Supreme Court Committee on Road safety a total of 138 driving licenses (DLs) were suspended. The police and regional transport officials (RTO) detained 232 vehicles of the offenders. In strict action, 216 drunk drivers were arrested by police.

As many as 59 drivers were detected driving under the influence of alcohol in Cuttack district. All of them were arrested by the police. 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 by the local police.

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