Bhubaneswar: The amended MV Act came into force from September 1st 2019. During those four months, the numbers deaths due to road accidents came down from 1856 in Sept-Dec 2018 to 1541 in Sept-Dec 2019 in Odisha.
The number of deaths declined by 315 in terms numbers and 17% less in those four months of 2019 comparing the same four months of 2018.
The deaths due to road accidents was a major concern in Odisha, as it was increasing every year. The death due to road accidents increased by 9.5% in 2015, 3.7% in 2016, 7.3% in 2017 and 11% in 2018. Even during the first eight months of 2019, the fatalities increased by 9.6%.
The trend got reversed from September onwards and the fatalities decreased by 12% in September, 18.7% in October, 6.6% in November and 26.9% in December 2019.
On year to year basis, there was a marginal 0.3% increase in fatalities in 2019 compared to 2018. There were 5333 fatalities in 2019, comparing to 5315 fatalities in 2018.
Boudh, Mayurbhanj, Rayagada, Deogarh, Malkangiri, Kendrapada, Bhadrak, Sundargarh districts have reported more than 10% increase in fatalities. Whereas Angul, Nayagarh, Gajapati, Sambalpur, Nuapara, Bargarh, Cuttack districts have reported more than 10% decrease in fatalities.
11064 accidents cases were reported in 2019, which came down by 1.8% comparing to 11262 cases reported in 2018.
During the period from September to December, the Police has booked more than 10,000 drunken driving cases and arrested the drivers. The RTOs have also booked about 100 cases of drunken driving in four months.
As per the amended MV Act, the penalty for drunken driving is fine of Rs 10.000 or imprisonment up to six months or both. The Driving License is also suspended for three months.
Transport Department is in the process of proving 200 more Breath Analysers to Police Department for strengthening the drive against drunken driving.