Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government has directed Regional Transport Officers (RTOs) for taking stringent action against drunken driving amounting to suspension of driving license (DL) of violators.
Following a directive from the ‘Supreme Court Committee on Road Safety’, Office of the Transport Commissioner-cum-Chairman State Transport Authority, Odisha has issued a letter to all RTOs in this regard.
“The Supreme Court Committee on Road Safety is reviewing the DL suspension activity of the State on a quarterly basis. The Committee has also directed for 100% suspension of the DLs against the cases detected which are liable for suspension. In this regard time to time directions have been issued from this office for 100% suspension of DLs in the SARATHI database against the cases detected,” reads the letter.
In the letter, as per the direction of the Committee, RTOs have been directed to take steps for 100% suspension of the DLs against drunken driving cases detected by them and the ones forwarded by the police.
The letter has further asked the RTOs to furnish the reasons for not suspending the DLs forwarded by the police for suspension.
In the letter, it has been pointed out that while 334 e-challans have been issued for drunken driving cases by the RTOs and 496 DLs have been forwarded by the different police districts (as per the information provided by the Crime Branch) to the concerned RTOs for suspension of DLs in drunken driving cases in September 2019, in SARATHI database only 126 DLs have been suspended for drunken driving during the same period.
It is noticed that in some of the regions, e-challans had been issued for the drunken driving cases and police have also forwarded DLs for suspension for the drunken driving cases. But, the suspension of DLs in the SARATHI database for drunken driving is nil or negligible, said the letter.
The letter has also listed out the offences for which the Committee has directed for suspension of DL of the offender.
Here is the list of offences:
1. Driving at a speed exceeding the specified limit which in the Committee’s view would also include the red light jumping.
2. Carrying overload in goods carriage and carrying passengers in goods carriage.
3. Driving vehicle under the influence of alcohol.
4. Using mobile phone while driving.