Odisha mulls to cancel Driving Licence of drunkard

Bhubaneswar: With an average of 3,500 people killed and above 10,000 injured in road accidents every year in the state, Odisha government was contemplating to bring a legislation to cancel driving licence of drunkard drivers for the life time, official sources said on Wednesday.

This was revealed by the secretary of Commerce and Transport department Gagan Kumar Dhal here.

"Driving licences of drivers consuming alcohol will be cancelled if it is proved that they drove in drunken state," Dhal said.

Stating that about 60 per cent of road mishaps takes place due to driving under influence of alcohol, Dhal said that a tough rule could help in reducing the rate of accidents in the state.

The state witnessed around 9000 plus road accidents every year where over 3500 people were killed besides leaving above 10,000 others injured, Chief Secretary B K Patnaik had said while addressing a meeting of the State Level Road Safety Week here recently.

While rash driving, overloading, untrained drivers and poor roads are among the factors that have led to the rise in fatal accidents, a majority of them were due to drunk driving and human error, he pointed out.

At least 7464 people have lost their lives in road mishaps during last two years.