Supreme Court Bans Liquor Shops On Highways

Supreme Court Bans Liquor Shops On Highways
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The Indian Supreme Court has ordered all liquor shops to shut down along state and national highways in an attempt to reduce drink driving and road accidents in the country.

A Bench of Chief Justice of India T.S. Thakur and Justices D.Y. Chandrachud and L. Nageswara Rao said the licences of liquor shops across the highways will not be renewed after March 31, 2017. The court also told the government to stop issuing new licences. The court ordered all the States and Union Territories to “strictly enforce the directions.”

More than 146,000 people have died last year in traffic accidents in the country.  About 5% – or 6,755 – deaths were caused by drivers who had either been drunk or had taken drugs.

The court also said that all liquor advertisements should be removed from the highways and shops selling alcohol must be located at least 500 metres (1,640 feet) away from them.

Campaigners say the large number of liquor shops located along the highways are “a great temptation and a distraction for road users”.

Alcohol is banned in four Indian states (Gujarat, Bihar, Manipur and Nagaland) and the union territory of Lakshadweep. There’s a partial ban on sale of alcohol in the southern state of Kerala.

 

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