In a move to ensure proper hygiene while testing drivers on the level of alcohol consumption,the top brass of the Chandigarh traffic police has asked its personnel to use fresh,disposable pipes fitted on alcohol detector sensors. It has also asked the cops to open the packet containing the pipes in the drivers presence. This is to avoid complaints regarding improper hygiene.
The usual apprehension among drivers is due to hygiene,as they are unwilling to blow air from a pipe already used by another driver.
Maneesh Chaudhry,SSP Traffic and Security,on Thursday ordered all inspectors and sub-inspectors in the traffic department to ensure the practice is fair and healthy.
A few months ago,a citizen had complained the same pipe was being used for each driver asked to undergo an alcohol detection test. Since then,we started using disposable pipes so that similar complaints do not arise, he said.
According to the traffic department,sufficient packets of disposable pipes are kept available at a naka. Earlier,the pipes costed us Rs 33 per piece. Later,we bought new pipes at Rs 10 per piece, said a senior official.
The department,in its last letter,had sent a proposal for purchase of 50 more alcohol detector instruments to the UT Admin for its approval.