Mangaluru, Jan 8, 2016 : In a major move to ensure strict adherence to traffic rules and thereby reduce accidents, the District Police Department has decided to suspend the driving licence of violators of traffic rules, for a period of three months.
Informing this to reporters at a press meet convened at his office on January 8, Friday, District Superintendent of Police Dr. S.D. Sharanappa said the Department has decided to act tough against those who use mobile phones while driving, drive vehicles under the influence of alcohol, carry passengers over and above prescribed limits, resort to over loading, violate traffic signals and cross the speed limits.
He said the decision to suspend driving licences has been taken as per the recommendations of the KS Radhakrishnan led Committee on Road Safety appointed by the Supreme Court and also as per the Section 19 of Motor Vehicles Act.
Giving details about the accidents reported from rural areas over the past few years, he said if the total accidents stood at 950 in 2015, the numbers were 746, 828, 891 and 956 in 2011, 2012,2013 and 2014 respectively. He said on an average 1500 people were injured in road mishaps in the past five year period.
Taking serious cognizance of the fact that children below 18 years were found driving vehicles, he said it was the duty of the parents and the educational institutions to discourage them from driving. The Police Department will also write to schools in this regard, the SP said.
On the recent reports of alleged gang rape of a Haryana origin woman by Kerala police men and the escape of the woman from the Lady Goschen Hospital, the SP said the Department was trying to trace the woman. The DK police are also in touch with their Kerala counterparts, he added. Action could be taken if the woman lodges a complaint, he further added.