Three-fold Jump in Drink-driving Cases - The New Indian Express

Three-fold Jump in Drink-driving Cases

Published: 08th December 2013 07:06 AM

Last Updated: 08th December 2013 12:19 PM

Are the city roads turning safer? Yes,  if one were to go by statistics from the city police, who booked 57,962 motorists for drunken driving till November this year — nearly three-and-a-half times more than the 16,881 cases booked during the previous year.

This year also saw the number of fatal road accidents in the city coming down by 10 per cent, said a police officer.

While the increased crackdown on drink-driving is said to be the reason behind the spurt in the booking of motorists, the number of fatal accidents dropped this year to 1,146 cases, compared to 1,300 in the corresponding period in 2012.

Due to regular checks and strict enforcement, 1,201 repeat offenders lost their driving licences — 204 were cancelled by courts and 997 by transport department officials, at the behest of the police.

Apart from that, 8,727 licences were suspended and those caught drunk for the first time were asked to pay a fine. “We wanted to curb drink-driving as it is the reason for many accidents,” a senior police officer said.

Therefore, 36 motorists who caused accidents under the influence of liquor were booked under the stringent Indian Penal Code section 304 (ii) (culpable homicide) this year, compared to just two such cases in 2012.

“We have also started booking drunken drivers even if they cause a minor accident on charges of attempt to culpable homicide. We have booked five such cases so far this year,” said the officer.

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