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Vikash Sharma

Bhubaneswar: In a massive crackdown on traffic violators, the driving licenses (DLs) of over 4,000 persons have been suspended in Odisha in the last 21 days.

The DLs of 4267 persons have been suspended for three months on the charges of various traffic violations including drunken driving in different parts of the State.

As per the State Transport Department (STA), the highest number of 2688 persons faced suspension of driving licenses as a penalty for non-wearing of helmets while the licenses of 728 persons were suspended for rash driving and over speed between January 1 and January 21, 2021.

The DLs of as many as 255 violators were suspended for using mobile phones while driving, 78 for drunken driving, 99 for signal jumping and 32 for non-fastening of seat belts.

“4267 DLs suspended from 1st to 21st Jan. DL is suspended for 3 months in drunken driving, over speeding, jumping red light, using mobile while driving, carrying passengers out taking overload on goods vehicle, non-wearing of helmet by both rider & pillion etc,” tweeted STA.

RTO-1 in Bhubaneswar has suspended the highest of 654 DLs, followed by RTO-2 (Bhubaneswar) 548, Cuttack (537), Sambalpur (410) and Rourkela (279).

In another development, the Commissionerate Police had fined 545 persons for violating the Motor Vehicle (MV) Act and the Orissa Urban Police (OUP) Act in Cuttack on Thursday.

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