Law Commission serious on making roads safe:Justice Lakshmanan

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Hyderabad, Jun 25 (UNI) Taking a serious note of increasing road accidents in the country, the Law Commission has recommended a series of measures, including stringent punishment for drunken driving, its Chairman Justice A R Lakshmanan said today.

The Commission's recommendations included stringent punishment for use of mobile phones while driving, he said while delivering the keynote address at a seminar organised by the former judges of the Andhra Pradesh High Court.

The Commission had recommended for increase in the quantum of sentence for drunken driving from two years to 10 years, he said, adding that it wanted installation of video cameras at vantage points to ensure that road users adhered to traffic regulations.

He had also recommended removal of distracting hoardings on the highways as these were responsible for many accidents.

The Commission had also recommended extending some of the High Court's powers to the Principle Sessions Judge like inherent power under section 482 CrPC and writ jurisdiction by amending the Constitution and the CrPC.

The Commission's other recommendations included setting up of more courts in proportion to the population and reduction in number of vacation days for the court, he added.

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