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Motorists beware, cops now equipped with speed radars

Panjim: Over speeding on the roads and drunken driving may not pass unnoticed as Goa Police have procured four ‘speed radar guns’ and 100 alcometers to check violations. Violators could also have their licences suspended for three months.The portable laser speed radar guns, Director General of Police Muktesh Chander said, will be positioned at different locations focusing on bridges and highways.“There is a tendency to over speed. Often motorists violate the rules which lead to accidents. We have procured four speed measurement devices that will record the speed of every moving vehicle,” he said at a press conference on Tuesday. The department began the gadget’s trial operation on Goa University road.In a single day, the department identified several over speeding vehicles and issued challans to the violators. The offence, the DGP warned, could also lead to suspension of license for a period of three months. “Not only a penalty by way of challan, we will write to the Transport Department recommending suspending the license of the violator for three months,” he explained.
The gadgets have cost the government around Rs 30 lakh.In addition to this, the department is now equipped with sufficient alco-meters, the shortage of which was often a subject of debate considering their requirement is necessary during the peak season and particularly along the coastal belt. Chander said that 100 alcometers, costing around Rs 29 lakh have been procured. These would be added to the existing 23 alcometers.“As the number of accidents increased over the years, a detailed study revealed that over speeding and drunken driving are among the main causes of accidents and fatalities on Goan roads. In order to curtail the menace, Goa Police has acquitted new laser speed radar guns and alcometers,” a statement issued by SP Traffic Dinraj Govekar, states.Earlier in February, the State government had cleared the traffic police proposal for these gadgets to crackdown on drunken driving and over speeding. Last year, around 4,000 cases of drunken driving were booked across the State while nearly 800 have been booked for drunken driving this year till date. [H]

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