A police officer in Odisha has been arrested for driving his car in an inebriated state and hitting commuters with it, as reported by police on Monday. Assistant Sub-Inspector of Police Subhendu Kumar Behera, posted at Baripada Police Headquarters, has been arrested on Sunday after he allegedly hit at least two motorbike-borne commuters in his car before dashing it against a roadside pole in Mayurbhanj district's Udala town, an officer said. The accused ASI has been suspended from duty, and departmental proceedings against him are on, district Superintendent of Police Parmar Smit Parshottamdas told reporters, adding that the car has been seized. The injured persons have been released from a hospital after being administered medical aid, the SP said. Such behaviour by any police officer will not be tolerated, he added.
The Odisha police on Monday said that since September 6 they have arrested 426 people under the influence of alcohol under the new Motor Vehicle Act. The police have launched a special drive in order to detect the drunken driving on the national and state highways as per the provisions of Section 185/202 of the MV Act. This new drive will help curb the drunken driving incidents on the highways. According to reports, the Odisha police on Monday said, "Since September 6 we have arrested over 426 drunk drivers in Odisha. Last night we have checked around 5000 drivers and 141 among them were arrested for drunken driving. The people arrested belonged to various districts of Odisha."
As per the new MV Act, if the alcohol content exceeds 30 mg per 100 ml of blood or the drug consumed, making the driver incapable of exercising proper control over the vehicle, the concerned driver will be arrested. After the arrest within two hours, the drivers will be subjected to a medical test by a registered medical practitioner for the purpose of collection of the specimen of his blood.