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In less than two months,4 lives lost to drunken driving

The cases of drunken driving and related accidents are on the rise in the city. With four deaths in three accidents reported in the last one and a half months,the effectiveness of the traffic police has left a lot to be desired.

Written by Varun Chadha | Chandigarh |
March 5, 2009 3:05:45 am

The cases of drunken driving and related accidents are on the rise in the city. With four deaths in three accidents reported in the last one and a half months,the effectiveness of the traffic police has left a lot to be desired.

In the annual press conference held in January this year,Inspector General of Police Shanti Kumar Jain had promised a drive against drunken driving after he found that only 27 challans were issued in 2007. The number of challans issued this year so far also stands at a dismal 25.

“People generally drive recklessly during night after consuming liquor. If the traffic police act on time,many lives can be saved,” said a source with the police department.

An analysis of two cases highlight the poor state of traffic policing in the city.

A youth consumed liquor along with his friend in Sector 17 and left for Sector 44 around 11 pm on his motorcycle. While he eventually rammed his motorcycle into a roundabout in Sector 35,there was no traffic policeman deployed mid-way to check them youths,who travelled all the way in an inebriated state.

In another case,meanwhile,a man reportedly consumed liquor and started driving a Scorpio from the Industrial Area. He travelled all the way to Sector 36 where his car flung into the air after colliding with a road divider and landed on a Maruti car resulting in the death of the driver.

Deputy Superintendent of Police (Traffic) J S Cheema,maintains: “We are taking action against those who drive under the influence of liquor. Though the number of people booked till now is not very high,a dedicated drive will soon be initiated against the menace. Special checkposts will be installed with alcometers to keep a check on drivers.”

Superintendent of Police (Traffic) H S Doon,added that traffic personnel will also be deputed near pubs,discos and clubs in the city. “If anybody wants to drink,he should be accompanied by someone who can drop him home. It is unfortunate that people are losing their lives in such accidents,” he added.

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