City police to act tough on drunken driving

Police are set to track traffic offenders
Last Updated 19 July 2010, 17:58 IST

Addressing a press conference here on Monday, Mangalore City Police Commissioner Seemanth Kumar Singh said that breath analysers will be used at different locations in the city to trap those who drive vehicles consuming alcohol.“Vehicles will be seized and chargesheet will be filed in the court, if any drivers are found drunk. We have received 10 breath analyser machines and have already booked cases against 38 persons,” he informed.

Talking about the safety aspects of the breath analysers, Singh said that separate straws will be given to persons, who drive the vehicle, during breath analysis. A straw used by one person will not be given to others so that there is no possibility of spreading of diseases through saliva, he added.

Further he said that the police will take stringent measures to check the use of mobile while driving and other traffic violations.

Action will be taken against bus drivers if they stop buses at unauthorised bus stops, he said and added that proposals have already been sent to sanction two more interceptor vehicles for the City.

To a query on the issue of parking lots being converted for commercial purposes violating norms in shopping complexes in the City, Singh said that the matter will be discussed with the Mangalore City Corporation authorities.

Group meets

Singh said that group meetings will be convened regularly, where people from various walks of life can interact with the police at the Police Commissionerate.

As a beginning, a senior citizens’ meet has already been convened to discuss their problems.

Programmes will be chalked out to create awareness on law and order among children in schools. Police station visits will also be arranged for students, he added.

New sub division

Singh said that the police sub divisions will be reorganised to make the functioning smooth. The Panambur sub division, which is relatively large in area will be reorganised and a new sub division will be formed. Accordingly, the City will be divided into South, Central and North sub divisions with three separate Assistant Commissioners of Police (ACP), he said adding that an additional ACP will be appointed for traffic.

(Published 19 July 2010, 17:57 IST)

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