FM Radio banned in Calcutta

Listening to the radio whilst driving has been banned in a town near Calcutta, India after it emerged two students have been killed in radio related incidents there. Police have seized the licence of 200 motorists who were caught listening. Schools in the town of Asansol, which is 240km for Calcutta, are also checking children’s bags for portable radio sets, to stop them listening in class.

It comes after a radio station was launched for the first time in the area last month, and a second one is due next week. The first student to perish died because the driver of a tractor was not concentrating on the road whilst listening to the radio, and knocked him off his bike. The second student had earphones on whilst he tried to over-take a bus but didn’t notice a second vehicle.

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