Cuttack: In the two-week long statewide special drive against riding motorized two-wheelers without wearing helmets on national and state highways, the State Transport Authority (STA) suspended 12,545 driving licenses (DLs).
During the special drive conducted in between 16 August to 30 August 2022, a total of 24474 e-challans were issued and collected Rs 63, 98,116 find from the violators. Similarly, a total of 888 vehicles have been seized for driving without a driving license.
Helmetless driving is a major cause of road accidents and grievous injury across Odisha.
Lalmohan Sethi, Additional Commissioner Transport, Enforcement & Road Safety said, “The main aim of the drive was to create a sense of responsibility among the road users for prevention of road accidents and fatalities. It has been observed that out of the accidents taking place on NH/SH many are related to two-wheeler riders.”
Due to continuous enforcement activities people are using helmets in the urban areas but are unfortunately avoiding wearing helmets on highways where protection is much more needed, he said.
Sethi further informed that the frequency of enforcement drives will be increased in the month of September.
In view of upcoming Puja and winter season, September month is declared as month of enforcement. There will be zero tolerance for violation of traffic and Motor Vehicle rules, warned Sethi.
Enforcement drives will include drunken driving, helmet checking, and vehicle fitness including school buses and overloading of vehicles. The drives will take place at regular intervals throughout the month, he informed.
As many as 1308 persons, including riders (868) and pillion riders (440) of motorised two-wheelers, were killed in road accidents in the year 2021. Most of them were not wearing helmets. A total of 1280 persons were grievously injured and 747 had minor injuries in accidents involving two wheelers.