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Driving licence readers to prevent traffic violations in Bhubaneswar

Commissionerate Police will introduce driving licence card readers to prevent rising traffic violations in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack soon.

The card readers would enable the police to find out traffic offences committed by the driving licence holder in the past and ascertain whether it was suspended for prior violations. Bhubaneswar is likely to get 15 such devices while Cuttack would get around 10.

The cops said the licence would be swiped in the hand-held card reader. “For second-time offenders, we will impose double fine, which can extend up to Rs 1,000. For third-time violations, we may seize the vehicles,” said a police officer.

Traffic violation is rampant within Bhubaneswar with a bulk of commuters flouting the helmet rules and driving without seat belts. While the cops penalised 97,859 such offenders in 2014, it went up to 1.05 lakh in 2015.

The police collected Rs 2.58 crore as penalty from traffic offenders in 2015.

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