After a gap of more than a year, the Goa police have begun penalising motorists for over-speeding following the procurement of new laser speed radar guns.
Director General of Police Dr Muktesh Chander said that four speed radar guns have been procured and also additional 100 alcometers to check drunken driving or riding.
According to the police those who are found violating speed limits or driving under the influence of alcohol also face suspension of driving licence for a minimum period of three months.
The tripod-mounted device (speed radar gun) is portable and can be taken to any place. On Tuesday, police used one of the devices along Dona Paula-Goa University road wherein 31 motorists were penalised for over-speeding.
“In Goa, there are a number of very good roads and there is a tendency (among motorists) of over-speeding even though there is a speed limit prescribed for various places,” said Chander while addressing media persons at the police headquarters in the city on Tuesday.
“It is seen that often the speed limit is violated by motorists and which is one of the reasons for accidents. We were in the process of acquiring these devices for a long time,” Chander said.
According to the police, those found over-speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol shall be prosecuted under appropriate provision of law. Besides his/her driving licence will be impounded and shall be forwarded to the concerned registering authority (RTO) for suspension of the licence as per the recommendation of the Supreme Court committee on road safety.
Police said that the cost of the speed radar guns is around Rs 30 lakh while Rs 29 lakh have been spent on purchase of 100 alcometers.
It may be recalled that in November 2016, the Goa Chief Secretary had written a letter to the secretary of Supreme Court Committee on Road Safety, New Delhi, and informed about non-existence of any mechanism to detect over-speeding. According to traffic police, statistics in 2015, a total of 2,953 motorists were penalised for over-speeding while in 2016 there were around 1,655 such cases.