16 September 2019
Bhubaneswar: On an average 13 persons are killed every day in road accidents in Odisha. So far as enforcement is concerned, the objective of the police is to ensure that the traffic rules are obeyed and fatalities are checked, Police Commissioner Sudhanshu Sarangi said today.
Addressing a roundtable on the amended Motor Vehicle Act organised by CYSD here, Sarangi said that people in general are civic and respect the traffic rules. "The laws are the same. It is the penalty which has been increased and we are taking ample steps to spread awareness among people about this."
The intelligentsia can play a key role in spreading awareness, he said. "The Commissionerate Police will be working in close coordination with the local leaders in Bhubaneswar and organise awareness drives across the City," Sarangi added.
"It is all about people's safety and checking the road accidents. I am optimistic that the public will fathom our intent and comply with the traffic norms," the Police Commissioner added.
Senior citizens and the public in general who attended the event were of the opinion that the enforcement agencies should be sensitive and humane in implementing the new law.
"People have a respect for the law. The rules for the new law are framed by the State. And Odisha Government should frame the rules for the new MV Act after a discussion with the senior people from different walks of life," Ram Kishore Panda, a senior citizen at the event stated.