BENGALURU: With the number of vehicles on the roads rising, the frequency of drunk driving cases too is going up.
With alcohol consumption linked to road accidents, traffic police across cities in Karnataka have launched several campaigns to prevent this.
The efforts of the traffic police will get a boost, as a total of 280 breath analysers will be distributed to its personnel in four districts of the State. A lion’s share of the same, however, will be given to the Bengaluru Traffic Police, due to the vehicular density in the city.
The devices are being provided under the Under the World Bank funded Karnataka Health System Development and Reforms Project (KHSDRP).
Apart from Bengaluru Urban, Mandya, Bagalkot and Belagavi districts will receive the devices, under the Road Safety and Health Services of the Project.
The selection was based on surveys of various departments regarding road safety in districts of the State.
Speaking to Express, H Jnanesh, Chief Administrative Officer, KHSDRP said that while Bengaluru Urban was selected based on requirement, providing the devices was part of the pilot programme in the remaining districts. While Bengaluru Urban will receive 200 breath analysers, Belgavi will get 50, and 15 each will be provided to the personnel of Mandya and Bagalkot traffic police.
“Tender for the devices has been floated already and will be procured soon. The police will receive it by the end of 2015-16 financial year,” he added.
The devices are being provided in coordination with the Road Safety Cell, which consists of representatives from Transport, Public Works Department, Health and Family Welfare and other departments.