A member of Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety
Campaign against Drinking & Driving
Drinking alcohol and driving simply do not go together. The human brain has to deal with many things and process countless data all the time. Alcohol affects attentiveness and one’s ability to make quick decisions on the road, react to changes in the environment and execute specific, often difficult maneuvers behind the wheel. When drinking alcohol, driving becomes dangerous – and is potentially lethal!
Despite increased public awareness, drinking and drugged driving continues. This becomes one of the leading causes of road accidents. According to section 185 of the Indian Motor Vehicle Act 1988, whoever, while driving or attempting to drive a motor vehicle, has, in his blood, alcohol exceeding 30 mg per 100 ml of blood detected in a test by a breath analyzer shall be punishable for the first offence with imprisonment for term which may extend to 6 months or with fine which may extend to Rs. 2000 or with both. In order to popularize this legal provision, FPRA had setup one week-long awareness campaign in Cuttack city.
Mr. Praveen Kumar, Dy. Commissioner of Police flagged off display of a car, which was wrecked in an accident to sensitize general public on dangers of drunk driving. Mr. Krushna Ch. Samal, Asst. Commissioner of Police (Traffic); Mr. Bikash Mohapatra, Secretary and Mrs. Minati Bindhani, Joint Secretary of FPRA coordinated the campaign activities. The event was generously supported by Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL).