SHILLONG, Sept 26 - More people have died in cases relating to drunken driving than during Meghalaya�s 20 years of militancy.
State Home Minister Roshan Warjri on Thursday informed the House that in the past five years, 453 people lost their lives and another 1,772 were injured in drunken driving cases in the State.
In reply to the question asked by Paul Lyngdoh from the Opposition United Democratic Party, the Minister termed drunken driving as a �matter of serious concern.�
She further informed the House about the steps the Government is taking to reduce such cases. Warjri said, that recently the Cabinet decided that no new licenses would be issued to set up liquor shops within a distance of 100 metres from the midpoint of the National Highways.
Similarly, liquor shops should be 50 metres away from the mid-point of city streets. The Minister said those shops which do not meet the criteria set by the new guidelines would have to relocate within six months.