Chandigarh: The Punjab government has initiated action to prevent road accidents during the wedding season and increasing smog in the winter season.

Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann has ordered the Home Department to set up police checkpoints outside all marriage palaces in Punjab to check drink and drive. Also, a breath test will be done with an alco sensor on the spot.

According to the orders issued by the Punjab government, DGP Punjab Gaurav Yadav has asked the entire police force to strengthen preparations to reduce the rate of road accidents. As a result, policemen outside every marriage palace will now be seen checking the vehicles of guests arriving at weddings and testing them with alco sensor kits.

Congress government had given relief

Drunken driving is punishable with imprisonment of up to six months or a fine of Rs 10,000 or both. But for the second time, there is a jail term of 2 years or a fine of Rs 15,000 or both. But in Punjab, the former Captain government had abolished the section of penal action on drink and drive by enacting the Motor Vehicle Act-2019.

Instead, the Punjab Congress government added a new section, under which a provision of Rs 1,000 was made for driving in mentally or physically disabled conditions. The penalty amount fixed by the central government under drink and drive is not applicable in Punjab.

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