Port Blair, April 17: Despite repeated instructions published in the media, a large number of drivers of different category of vehicles are still found driving their vehicles after consuming liquor. To curb down this menace which is a major cause of road accidental deaths, the A&N Traffic Police had launched intensive checking against dangerous and drunken driving at different places of Port Blair city and its nearby areas of South Andaman Sub-Division.

During the period from 01.01.2013 to 13.04.2013, 278 two wheeler drivers, 36 Auto Rickshaw, 30 LMV drivers, 04 Bus drivers and 09 Heavy Vehicle Drivers (total 357) tested positive and were arrested U/s 184/ 185 M.V. Act 1988. Their vehicles were seized and challans were sent to the Court for further course of action. Traffic police has now provided around 20 Alcometers to the traffic personnel for conducting regular checks against dangerous and drunken driving in the jurisdiction of South Andaman Sub – Division. Several teams of traffic and local police shall be deployed exclusively for checking this menace in future also.

All vehicle drivers have been warned again not to drive vehicles after consuming liquor. The Traffic Police has taken up the cases of 189 drivers in the first phase with Licensing Authority, A&N Islands for suspension of their driving licenses. This is a part of the drive by A&N Police not only to instil road safety awareness but also as a step to ensure that you reach home safely, said the Director General of Police (i/c) in a communication to the press.