Stringent action against traffic violators : CM

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Thrissur, Kerala, Jan 1 (UNI) Kerala Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan today said stringent action would be taken against those violating traffic rules.

Addressing a gathering after inaugurating the Kerala Road Safety Authority here, Mr Achuthanandan said police would be given the power to suspend licences of those found guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol.

He said the number of traffic police would be increased to man the roads efficiently.

In order to discourage traffic violations, fines for such offences would be increased.

The new authority had been formed by the government to work towards road safety in the state.

Presiding over the function, State Transport Minister Mathew T Thomas said a one-time tax system would be levied on new vehicles to raise funds for the new authority.

Assembly Speaker K Radhakrishnan inaugurated the 'Road Safety Week' and PWD Minister Mons Joseph the 'Road Safety Fund'.

At the passing-out parade of the Kerala Police Academy at Ramavarmapuram in the District, Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said steps would be initiated to ensure gender equality in the State Police force.

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