Assam transport minister appeals people to follow road safety regulations

Strict enforcement drive has been taken out throughout Assam against driving without helmet by both rider and pillion rider, drunken driving and over-speeding of vehicles in order to achieve zero accident on the last day of this year.

Transport minister Chandra Mohan Patowary on December 28 said that the massive dive is being carried by police along with the transport and excise department officials. Since December 1, more than 11,000 cases of riding without helmet have been detected by the transport department.

As a part of the initiative to achieve the goal of zero accident on the last day of the year and overall reduction of accidents throughout the state, minister Patowary flagged off 9 highly advanced traffic interceptor vehicles (TIV) at Assam Administrative Staff College in Guwahati on December 28.

The newly deployed TIVs will be operational in Baksa, Dhubri, Hojai, Karbi Anglong, Morigaon, Sivasagar, Kamrup, Lakhimpur districts and also will be used by the central squad of the commissioner of transport.

Earlier 15 such vehicles were deployed and 11 speed guns were distributed for effective enforcement of traffic regulations.

The traffic interceptor vehicles are fitted with Automatic Number Plate Recognition System (ANPR) camera, which may be used in detecting over-speeding cases and also for other offences like non-wearing of helmet, seatbelt etc. along with breath analyzers to enforce against drunken driving.

Transport minister Patowary called upon the people of Assam to abide by the traffic rules to make Assam accident free and save precious lives.

“On December 31, 2020, and January 1, 2021, alone, 29 lives were lost in 69 numbers of accidents. By following all the traffic regulations, let us move towards 2022 with a pledge to make Assam roads accident-free,” minister Chandra Mohan Patowary said.

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