Shimla: Himachal Pradesh got its first ‘interceptor vehicle’ on Tuesday, thus bringing some hope that the number of fatal accidents happening on roads in the state would now come down. The vehicle is equipped with laser-based measurement devices, a computer and breath alcohol analyser to enforce the provisions of Motor Vehicle Act and other road safety rules in the state. To begin with, the vehicle would ply on the Kalka-Shimla National Highway, and in the second phase two more such vehicles would be procured.
The Rs 31lakh modern interceptor vehicle, provided by the Union Ministry of Road Surface Transport, would also identify accident-prone locations, record encroachment along roads and educate road users. A laser-based device installed in the vehicle can detect over-speeding vehicle within a radius of one kilometre and the evidence are admissible in the court of law.