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Police hand Rs 100 and a certificate to a vehicle rider in Keonjhar.

If police ever fined you Rs 100 for speeding, drink driving or violating any other rule under the Motor Vehicles Act in Odisha’s Keonjhar district, it’s time they refunded you if you have made amends. In a first in the country, the Keonjhar district police have launched an initiative to pay Rs 100 as cash reward and hand out appreciation certificates to those who obey road rules and drive safely.

“We started the novel initiative on Saturday and have so far given cash incentives and certificates to at least 50 good riders/drivers. We will use the road safety fund to pay those who obey road and traffic rules,” Jay Narayan Pankaj, the district superintendent of police (Keonjhar) said.

He added that the objective of awarding careful drivers/ riders with money is to sensitise people to the importance of obeying road and traffic rules and also help prevent accidents. “Catching rash drivers and penalizing them is a common practice across the country. For a change, we thought of giving due recognition to good drivers. This is the first time in the country that police are paying cash incentive to good drivers,” Pankaj said.