The Supreme Court of India has banned liquor shops on national and state highways in the country to reduce the drink and drive cases.
The order was passed on Thursday by Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice of India TS Thakur. The court has directed that liquor shops should be 500 metres away from the highways.
The ban will be imposed from April 2017, and the court has stated that the license of the liquor shops located on the highways will not be renewed from March 2017. The court has also instructed to remove all kinds of liquor banners and advertisements from highways.
This move from Supreme Court comes after the apex court went through a number of petitions that urged to change the excise laws to make sure that liquor is not sold near highways.
The judging panel, headed by Chief Justice Thakur, acknowledged the fact that motorists can be distracted by the presence of liquor on highways, and can lead to increase in drink and drive cases.
One of the petitions revealed that due to drink and drive nearly 1,400 accidents and 400 deaths occur every day on the roads of the country. Which is equivalent to 17 lives lost every hour.
The ban on liquor shops near highways will be implemented by Chief Secretary and Police chiefs of states.