GUWAHATI, Dec 30 � Think twice before you indulge in drink and drive this New Year eve! You might just land up in hospital without even being involved in any road mishap.
Guwahati Police, jointly with Enforcement Department, on suspicion, might take you to hospital to collect your blood samples to ascertain the presence of alcohol in your body.
Superintendent of Police (City Traffic) Bibekananda Das said, �Apart from using breath analyser to ascertain drink driving, we have decided to collect blood samples on suspicion and book them as per law.�
Das informed that the department this year till December 28 has collected Rs 2,57,33,200 (from 1,26,186 cases) as fines for violation compared to last year�s Rs 2,26,89,100 (97,005).
He was speaking at a press conference jointly hosted by GVK EMRI 108 to brief about the emergency facilities made available on New Year eve.
Das said that the Police Department has increased duty hours of police personnel till 2 am to keep a check on any untoward incident.
Chandan Datta, chief operating officer, GV EMRI 108, said, �On New Year eve and also the following day, a spurt is witnessed in emergency cases � be it road mishap or assault case. We urge the people to take precautions and cooperate with us to help people in the need of medical help. We would try our best to give the best and the quickest response.�
Meanwhile, the National Highway strip has been earmarked as high accident prone zone. The areas where maximum road traffic accidents were reported last year are Kachari and Sahabad (Hailankandi), Amingaon Dalda Chowk & Near ISBT (Kamrup), Horikha Guri Santipur (Lakhimpur) and Lajung Gaon (Tinsukia).
The areas where maximum assault cases reported last year were Kalinagbasti (Cachar), NC Bandia (Darrang), Hati Koliya (Dhemaji), Majar Agla (Dhubri), Borkhaman and Chapori Gaon 12 No. Ward (Lakhimpur), Bhakpara (Baksa) and Natun Basti (Goalpara).
Moreover, preparations are on to observe the 23rd Road Safety Week from January 1 to 7 in different parts of the city.