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Ramakanta Biswas

The State Transport Authority (STA) of Odisha often comes up with catchy phrases and ideas to create awareness among citizens on road safety and the serious consequences of violation of various traffic rules.  

Recently, the STA shared a message on its twitter handle highlighting the consequences of driving vehicles under the influence of alcohol and appealed people to refrain from drunken driving. 

As per government data, drunken driving led to 648 road accidents in the State in 2020 alone which resulted in as many as 298 fatalities. 

“Allow Life to Thrive, Don't Drink & Drive. As many as 648 road accidents took place in #Odisha in 2020 due to drunken driving. A total of 298 people lost their lives,” the STA tweeted in its message against driving in inebriated condition.
It also shared a picture of vehicle and alcohol with the catchline ‘You Booze, You Lose. Don’t drink and drive.’

The STA further stated that road accidents due to usage of mobile phones during driving are on a rise and therefore people should exercise utmost care not to adopt such foolery. 

“A text or call can wreck it all! Road accidents due to usage of mobile phone are continuously increasing. As many as 297 road accidents took place in #Odisha in 2020 due to the use of mobile phones while driving. A total of 120 people lost their lives,” the Transport authority tweeted. 



The awareness messages of the STA caught the attention of several Twitterati who vouched for safe driving. 

“Be safe don't drink and drive. Drunken driver not just put the life in danger but also others life who are on road,” wrote one user in reply to the STA's road safety slogan. 

“Be a responsible driver. Be a responsible citizen. Always drive safe,” another user commented in his response. 

Further highlighting the consequences of drunken driving, a Twitterati gave example of BJD Chilika MLA Prashant Jagdev who recently drove his car into crowd reportedly in an inebriated state leaving several persons including police personnel critically injured.

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