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453 persons died in five years due to drunken driving

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  25 Sep 2015 12:00 AM GMT

A CORRESPONDENT

SHILLONG, Sept 24: United Democratic Party (UDP) legislator from Shillong West, Paul Lyngdoh, during the Question Hour today said that accidents due to drunken driving in the last five years have killed and injured more people than 20 odd years of militancy in the State. Lyngdoh also said that visibility of mobile courts to check drunken driving was almost zero in the roads especially the tiol highways. “There is large number of drivers who are uuthorized, non-licensed under aged and coupled with alcohol it makes the matter dangerous,” the UDP legislator said. He also said that he was “alarmed” at the fact that 463 lives were lost from 2010 to 2014 due to drunken driving. During the same period 1772 person were injured. Meanwhile, in her reply Home Minister, Roshan Warjri said that there is no definitive study on this to indicate the reason for increase in drunken driving. According to Warjri, from the point of view of law enforcement, to contain drunken driving-mobile courts along with magistrates, mobile check-points and mobile patrolling are randomly conducted and vehicles are checked and drivers who are found to be under influence of alcohol are booked under Section 185 Motor Vehicle Act, 1988.

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