New Delhi, Jul 4: Various steps have been initiated by the government to curb the number of road accidents caused by drunken driving, including Section 185 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, which provides for punishment of imprisonment or fine or both, for the offence of drunken driving, Union Road, Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari told the Lok Sabha on Thursday.
In a written reply to a question, Mr Gadkari said the enforcement of various provisions of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 is the responsibility of the state governments, adding that his Ministry has issued instructions to all states, to invoke Section 185 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988.
All the state governments and Union Territories have been requested to ensure that no licence is issued to liquor vendors along the National Highways. Further, they have also been requested to review cases, where licence has already been given for liquor vendors along the National Highways and to take corrective action, he added.
The Ministry undertakes campaigns through print and electronic media, to spread awareness among the road users about dangers of drunken driving and has also provided financial assistance to the states, for the procurement of breath analysers, said Mr Gadkari. (UNI)