The authorities, by responding positively to the Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma’s call for road safety for the city to witness an accident-free Uruka night.
About the Drink and Drive cases:
However, there were a couple of cases of drunk driving, driving without helmet and seat belt. Of these, police nabbed 48 for drunk and driving, while driving with helmet and seat belt tallies stood at 58 and 22.
There were a total number of violations while on the other hand police collected a fine worth Rs 11.52 lakhs, however, according to Guwahati Police, no accidents were reported during the night of January 13.
The Guwahati Police took it to its official Twitter handle, where it wrote, ”Guwahati responded positively to the Hon’ CM @himantabiswa’s vision for road safety & we had an accident free Uruka last night. We were out there, but very few violated the rules. Drunk Driving – 48, No Helmet – 58, No Seat belt – 22. Violations – 596 and Fines – ₹11.52 lakhs.”
It is worth mentioning that Guwahati had also achieved the distinction of registering not even a single accident on New Year’s eve, a development which has come after Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma appealed to the public for restraint and issued instructions to the administration to take appropriate action to prevent mishaps which used to occur routinely as a result of revelry to mark New Year’s Eve.
Police sets up checkpoints at different places:
The police had set up checkpoints at 55 areas of the city on Friday and detected 115 cases of drunken driving, which is negligible for the occasion, he said. He further revealed that a total of 52 vehicles were seized from drunk drivers and 63 driving licences were suspended.
Nevertheless, 47 persons were intercepted for drunk driving and imposed a fine of Rs 10,000, and suspended their licenses. So far, 646 persons have been booked for drunk driving.
Drink and Drive previous cases:
Earlier, on December 22, the Guwahati police had caught nearly 26 people in the late-night hours. Reportedly, their licenses were suspended and a fine of Rs 10,000 has been imposed against them.
The Guwahati Police took to their official Twitter handle to inform the masses about this latest development where they wrote, “Drive Against Drunk Driving Yesterday night 26 people were intercepted for drunk driving. Their licences are being suspended & a Fine of ₹10,000/- being imposed on them.
Every year, a lot of people lose their lives in road accidents due to drinking and driving, especially during festive periods. It is to be mentioned that the Assam Police have given their best in regards to the same.
“We can avoid these accidents by driving within speed limits, following all traffic rules, not driving under influence of alcohol and wearing seat belts in cars and helmets by both riders in two-wheelers”, CM Sarma said while speaking to the media.
“I have instructed the police and transport departments to ensure that every two-wheeler rider wears a helmet, drivers of cars and two-wheelers have not consumed liquor and speed limits. Let’s ensure that no lives are lost on December 31 and January 1. I seek your cooperation for this,” Sarma added.
Officials said police and transport officials across Assam have started putting up checkpoints, especially at night to use breathalysers and also keep tabs on over speeding.
Guwahati commissioner of police Harmeet Singh said, “We want people to realise that driving after consuming liquor and without wearing helmets hurts the society as a whole. The chief minister has directed us to ensure no loss of life due to accident during the New Year celebrations. The society and administration should join hands to ensure safety of all.”