Bhubaneswar: Creating awareness among the general public to obey traffic rules and prevent accidents is the objective of the police, said an official of the Twin City Commissionerate Police.
“The objective of this exercise is not imposition of penalties or collection of revenue, the basic purpose is to create awareness among the people to obey traffic rules and thus prevent accidents,” clarified Sudhansu Sarangi,Twin City Police Commissioner talking to the media on imposition of heavy penalties for traffic rule violations with the implementation of the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019.
“Initially, it will be a bit painful for the people but later it is going to raise their awareness level on traffic rules. Freedom doesn’t mean that we will drive recklessly or indulge in drunken driving.We don’t relish collecting fines,the law has to be enforced and number of accidents need to come down.We expect cooperation from all in this matter,” he added.
The Police Commissioner said that as many as 1.3 lakh people die in road mishaps in the country every year so there is a need for organised traffic as in other countries.
Commerce and Transport Minister Padmanabha Behera has also expressed similar views on the matter.
“Only violators will be fined. This will make people more cautious and prevent accidents which result in loss of precious lives. Fine amounts have been hiked 6-10 times to make people obey traffic rules,” said Behera.
“Why should somebody not having a driving licence drive a vehicle at all?” he wondered.
The Minister clarified that Motor Vehicle Act was a Central act and the State government has only powers to frame rules which it will be doing later.