Cuttack, November 1: The State Transport Authority on Tuesday launched a two-month long special enforcement drive with an aim to promote safety, reduce road accidents and fatalities across Odisha during the picnic season.
“A month-wise analysis of road accident statistics has revealed that winter times, especially November to February account for nearly 30 per cent of road accidents. This is because of low visibility caused by fog and smog,” said Additional Commissioner, Transport (Enforcement & Road Safety) Lalmohan Sethi in a statement.
“Keeping these factors in mind, starting today the State Transport Authority has launched a two-month long special drive against traffic violators,” he said.
The data also suggests that drunken driving and over-speeding also increase during this period, also known as picnic season, which leads to accidents and fatalities.
“The drive will be extensively carried out across the State with special focus on National Highway & State Highway,” said Sethi.
“Due to continuous enforcement activities people are following rules in the urban areas but are unfortunately not abiding by rules in rural areas and national highways where protection is much more needed. As per the data available more accidents and fatalities are noticed in the rural areas compared to urban areas and most of the accidents occurred on the National Highways,” added Additional Commissioner Sethi.
Sethi said, “STA will take stern action against those found flouting motor vehicle rules. enforcement drives will focus on driving without helmet and seat belt, drunken driving, over speeding, use of mobile while driving, friving by juveniles, checking of road worthiness of the vehicle, wrong side driving, driving without registration mark and dangerous parking.”
The special enforcement drives will be conducted jointly with police near accident prone zones and major junctions of National and State highways.