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Manipur Police drive to check motor accidents

Police drive in Imphal, Photo: The Telegraph
IMPHAL: In a special drive to control road accidents and other untoward incidents, the Manipur Police detected rampant violation of the Motor Vehicle Act and other stipulated norms during the ongoing Yaoshang festival, which commenced on Wednesday.

The drive, which included random checking of two-wheelers and four-wheelers, was conducted across 14 to 15 important junctions in the greater Imphal area. Violators were penalised under the Motor Vehicle Act, 1958 with fines ranging from Rs 100 to Rs 500 and jail terms.

“Most of the challans were issued for triple riding on two-wheelers, riding without helmets, driving without licences and registration numbers and driving four-wheelers with tinted glass,” said a senior police officer of the Traffic department. He added that a fine of Rs 100 was imposed on each of the erring motorcyclists, and that the drive would continue.

According to official sources, as many as 1,852 cases of violation of traffic rules and norms were taken up and fines worth Rs 1,74,400 were realised from offenders during the last three days.

Most of the cases were disposed of after imposing fines and issuing challans to the defaulters, a police officer on duty said. The drive will be carried out till the last day of the festival on March 27.

Police in the valley districts, particularly in the twin Imphal districts, have been conducting such special drives with the objective of checking motor accidents, which are very common during the Yaoshang festival. Three persons were killed and 60 others injured in different road accidents during last year’s Yaoshang festival.

Source: Assam Tribune

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