Hefty penalty with interest for on-road traffic violations from Dec 1
Bhubaneswar: Even though the State Government has relaxed checking of documents, including driving licence, for three months, traffic violators would not be spared from December 1.
While checking of driving licence, fitness certificate and Pollution Under Check (PUC) certificate has only been relaxed for three months, there will be strict enforcement against road safety violations under the amended Motor Vehicles Act.
Traffic rule violations like drunken driving will attract a penalty of Rs 10,000, overspeeding (Rs 5,000), driving against flow of traffic (Rs 5,000), using mobile phone while driving (Rs 5,000), triple riding on two-wheeler (Rs 5,000), overloading (Rs 2,000), jumping red light (Rs 5,000) and Rs 1,000 for not wearing helmet or seat belt. In case any vehicle user is found flouting any of the road safety provisions, the documents also will be checked.
In the capital city, in case traffic violators manage to give police the slip, CCTV cameras installed at every location will keep track on them and subsequently, e-challans will be issued against their registration numbers. The Commissionerate Police has also installed a high-end automatic number plate reader machine at Rupali Chowk.
Twin City Police Commissioner Sudhanshu Sarangi said, “Challans will be issued if a person is caught violating traffic norms. If violators do not pay fine on the spot, the penalty will be added in vehicle owner’s name at RTO and they will have to pay interest as well.”
“We are trying to conduct vehicle checking at particular places where CCTV cameras have been installed or else those officers undertaking the drive should wear body cameras. This is to keep a record of what actually transpires during vehicle checking drives and thwart possible allegations against police frequently brought by the commuters. That’s why we have asked police officials to remain alert,” said Sarangi.
Meanwhile, Odisha Police arrested 140 people in 24 hours for drunken driving. Interim Director General of Police Satyajit Mohanty said they were arrested in a crackdown on drunken driving in several parts of the State on Friday.
Twenty-seven drunken driving cases were reported in Ganjam district, 25 in Malkangiri, Mayurbhanj (24) and Jajpur (17). One case each was reported in Khurda and Cuttack districts.
The offenders were fined Rs 10,000 each under the provisions of the Motor Vehicle Act, Mohanty said.