Guwahati, Jan 02: The police, district administrations, transportation, and excise departments across the state clamped down on drunk driving for New Year’s eve, ensuring there was no road mishap.
A total of 69 accidents occurred in the state between December 31, 2020, and January 1, 2021, resulting in 29 fatalities.
In the state last year, more than 6,800 accidents occurred, which resulted in approximately 2,800 fatalities.
Himanta Biswa Sarma, the Chief Minister, went out into the streets to support the officers and remained there until early Saturday morning to boost their morale. He said no road mishap occurred last night.
CM Himanta Biswa Sarma was out on Guwahati Street, standing shoulder to shoulder with traffic cops, checking for drunken driving as a part of a massive drive by his government.
Was on the streets of Guwahati throughout the night.
Humbled to see the overwhelming response to our appeal to make 31st Dec an accident-free night. Kudos to @GuwahatiPol for doing their best.
Let’s continue our effort to make each day and every night of 2022 accident free. pic.twitter.com/T4L0c0WRRz
— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) December 31, 2021
The last night of 2021 @himantabiswa was out on Guwahati Street, standing shoulder to shoulder with traffic cops, checking checking for drunken driving as a part of a massive drive by his govt – Result ZERO drunken driving accident deaths last night,on 31st Dec 2020 – 29 DEATHS pic.twitter.com/iHK9OXrQrq
— Ratnadip Choudhury (@RatnadipC) January 1, 2022
It is likely that there would have been zero or fewer road mishaps in some states due to curfews at the night, but not in the case of Assam where no curfew was imposed.
There were plenty of cars on the roads but no rash or drunk driving cases when the chief minister was there last night.
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The Assam Police also came up with a very creative message to prevent cases of road accidents and other mishaps. “This New Year’s Eve tries not to be our guests” read the message.
“Free entry for rash drivers, drunk drivers, other eligible violators… special performance by DJ Lockup,” it added.
Take a look yourself: