Bhubaneswar: In a clear message of a zero-tolerance approach against violators of traffic norms, enforcement agencies have suspended Driving Licence (DL) of over 4,000 persons in the State in the last 21 days.
The State Transport Authority (STA), Odisha has informed on Twitter that DLs of 4,267 persons have been suspended for a period of three months from 1st-21st January for various traffic violations including non-wearing of helmet and drunken driving from across the State.
According to the data shared by the STA, DL of 2,688 persons were suspended for non-wearing of helmet, 728 for over speeding, 255 for using mobile phone while driving, 99 for signal jumping, 78 for drunken driving, 32 for non-fastening of seat belt, 66 for overload in goods carriages, 40 for overloading by persons in goods carriages, and 281 for other violations.
The top five Regional Transport Offices (RTOs) that have suspended DL of persons are RTO-1 Bhubaneswar (654), RTO-2 Bhubaneswar (548), Cuttack (537), Sambalpur (410), and Rourkela (279).
Worth mentioning, the Supreme Court Committee on Road Safety had in November rapped the State government over rising accident deaths due to lack of enforcement.
Following that, the State government had decided to intensify its drive against traffic violation and enforcement of amended motor vehicle rules from January 1.
The then Chief Secretary during a review following the Committee’s indictment had directed transport and police officials to enforce the rules without showing any leniency.