Drunken driving; Lose licence for three months

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Mumbai, Jan 2:  Motorists found driving under the influence of alcohol and breaking other traffic rules will now have their driving licences suspended for three months in Maharashtra.

This was announced by the state government today to deal with the menace of drunken driving and also reduce accidents on roads.

Speaking to reporters here at Mantralaya, Transport Minister Diwakar Raote said in 24 hours beginning on New Year eve, Traffic Police registered 10,534 offences. Of these, 705 related to drunken driving, 1,906 to driving without helmets 1,906 and 7,923 were related to other violations.

In view of the constant registration of higher number of cases of drunken driving, the government has decided to suspend driving licences of the offenders for three months.

"A similar action will be taken against those found indulging in rash and over-speeding, jumping traffic signals, overloading goods vehicles, carrying passengers in goods vehicles and speaking on mobile phones while driving," Raote said.

The minister said wearing of helmets on two-wheelers shall be made mandatory all over the state. Those found not using helmets or wearing seat belts while driving will have to compulsorily attend two hours of counselling sessions.

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