Cases of drink driv­ing in city up by 27%

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - METRO - HT Cor­re­spon­dent htre­porters@hin­dus­tan­


NEWDELHI: As many as 33,000 peo­ple were caught driv­ing in an ine­bri­ated state on the city’s roads this year, around 27% higher than last year, data from Delhi Traf­fic Po­lice shows.

Data shows that an up­ward trend of drink driv­ing cases has been ob­served in the last few years.

In 2017, a to­tal of 26,008 fines were is­sued, while the year be­fore it the pros­e­cu­tions set­tled at 23,393.

This year, till November 8, a to­tal of 33,033 peo­ple were fined for drink driv­ing by the traf­fic po­lice.

Se­nior traf­fic of­fi­cials said that the ram­pant cases of driv- ing un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol have led them to or­gan­ise reg­u­lar drives to catch vi­o­la­tors. Since vi­o­la­tions gen­er­ally spike dur­ing the fes­ti­val sea­son, spe­cial drives are con­ducted dur­ing th­ese months, se­nior traf­fic po­lice of­fi­cials said.

This year too, the drive was in­ten­si­fied be­tween Dussehra and Di­wali.

Data shows that in the 20-day pe­riod be­tween Oc­to­ber 19 and November 7 this year, over 2,143 peo­ple were pros­e­cuted for driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol.

Joint com­mis­sioner of po­lice (traf­fic) Alok Ku­mar said that anal­y­sis of drink driv­ing cases over the last few years show that most of such in­ci­dents are re­ported ei­ther late at night or dur­ing the early hours of the morn­ing — be­tween 1am and 4am.

“At night, around most pop­u­lar mar­kets with pubs and night­clubs we have set up pick­ets to check for cases of drink driv­ing. We take such of­fences very se­ri­ously, by drink­ing be­fore get­ting be­hind the wheel you are not just risk­ing your own life but are also en­dan­ger­ing the lives of those around us,” said Ku­mar.

In 2015, the Delhi Traf­fic Po­lice drew up a city map based on the ar­eas in the city most prone to the cases of driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence.

Hauz Khas, Con­naught Place, Ra­jouri Gar­den and Nehru Place were found to have recorded the most num­ber of such cases.

The sur­vey also ob­served that out of all the vi­o­la­tors who were caught dur­ing the drives, at least 40% were peo­ple be­low the age of 30 years.

“When you are young you think you can han­dle drink­ing and driv­ing to­gether. But what­ever age you are, al­co­hol dulls your re­flexes and in­creases the pos­si­bil­ity of get­ting into a fa­tal ac­ci­dent,” Ku­mar said.

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