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Odisha: Breath Analysers At Toll Gates, Drunk Drivers Beware


06 September 2019

Snigdha Chandan Das


Bhubaneswar: Drunk drivers beware! Getting a little tipsy and driving on highways in Odisha can land you in jail.

To put a check on the menace of drunken driving, the State police have decided to equip toll gates across the State with breath analysers.

To start with 14 toll gates near Sheragarh, Panikoili, Dhenkikote , Palaspanga Ramachandrapur, Pipili, Masunikani Rajgangpur, Tapanga, Langaleswar, Sasan, Attabira, Balichandrapur, Manguli will be equipped with breath analysers from this evening, said a press note issued by the State Police Headquarters.

"Whenever any suspected case of drunken driving is committed in presence of a police officer, the police officer has to detain the vehicle along with the driver/rider and put him/her to breath analyser test," reads the press note.

It says if alcohol contents exceeds 30 mg. per 100 ml of blood or the drug consumed makes him incapable of exercising proper control over the vehicle, the person concerned shall be arrested and an Arrest Memo shall be prepared by the officer in accordance with legal provisions enshrined under Cr.Pc.  

The arrestee within two hours of arrest shall be subjected to medical test by a medical practitioner for the purpose of collection of specimen of his blood, the note adds.

Worth mentioning, the "Committee on Road Safety" constituted by the Supreme Court has directed Odisha to reduce road accident fatality by 10% every year. Drunken driving is held to be one of the major factors responsible for most of the fatal as well as grievous road accident cases. The Committee has categorically directed to prosecute offenders so as to convict them by imprisonment and/or imposition of fine as prescribed u/s 185 of the MV Act, 1988. In compliance to the direction of the Committee, Home department had directed police to invoke legal provisions contemplated u/s 202 and Sec. 203 of MV Act, to contain drunken driving including arrest of offenders indulging in drunken driving.