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No Liquor Shops On Highways From April 1: Supreme Court

Highlighting the importance of road safety and the problem of drink driving in the country, the Supreme Court today ordered the closure of all liquor shops along state and national highways by April 1, 2017.

Written By: Simar Singh | December 11, 2017 1:38 PM | News

No Liquor Shops On Highways From April 1: Supreme Court

Highlighting the importance of road safety and the problem of drink driving in the country, the Supreme Court today ordered the closure of all liquor shops along state and national highways by April 1, 2017.

The bench led by Chief Justice TS Thakur directed the central and state governments to not renew existing liquor licenses or issue new ones for vendors along highways.

According to ArriveSAFE, an NGO working for road safety and sustainable transportation, on an average, there are 3 liquor shops every 5 kilometers along India’s highways.

“This is a welcome move from the Supreme Court. This is something road safety activists have been advocating for and expecting for a long time. The thing is that these liquor shops are a distraction and a lot of accidents happen on the highways because drivers stop at these spots, drink and then drive,” says Tuhin A. Sinha, Consultant, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways of India.

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The order stipulates that liquor shops should not be visible from highways and should be at least 500 meters away. Further, banners and other kinds of advertising for liquor will not be allowed.

Road To Safety-No Liquor Shops On Highways From April 1

In 2015, according to a report released by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways Research Wing, 1,20,518 accidents took place on state highways while 1,42,268 took place on national highways. In these accidents, 51,204 people lost their lives on national highways and on state highways 40,863 people died.

Road To Safety-No Liquor Shops On Highways From April 1

A look at road accident figures from previous years reveals that these numbers have been on the rise.

While the data does not ascribe a cause for these accidents, a study conducted by the Alcohol and Drug Information Centre (AIDC), India estimates that around 40% of the road accidents in the country occur under the influence of alcohol. The Supreme Court order will be implemented by the Chief Secretary and police chiefs of states.

4 Comments

  1. Praveen

    Hon. Supreme Court’s decision is very good to close the liquor shops on highways. Is this decision holds good for the liquor shops and bars in city limits but are on highways passing through cities?

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  2. India is my country

    very good decision…. Waiting for such good decision, which doesn’t hurt any religion or community.

    Thank once again

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  3. Surjit Singh Jattan

    the best decision and order by SC in years , I support 100% , it will save lot of lives in coming years .

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  4. AAP KA PK

    Very nice decision and hope they extend the law in residential areas, schools+colleges and ADD age limit to buy Liquor.
    Can you imagine any kid can buy Liquor.
    Last and important: Supre Court rule will not apply to Delhi because you know well there is going to be dharna by Kejri-uddin-Tughlaq.

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