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Cases up, Gurgaon begins crackdown on drink driving

Seven new traffic teams have been formed and 23 city police teams have been deployed to check drink driving.

Written by Sandali Tiwari | New Delhi | Updated: February 23, 2015 3:57:52 am
The Gurgaon traffic police has 55 functional alcometers. (archive) The Gurgaon traffic police has 55 functional alcometers. (archive)

Looking at the shortage of police personnel in its team, Gurgaon Traffic Police, in association with Gurgaon police, has launched a massive drive to prevent drink driving. The initiative, which begin this weekend, has been taken because the number of challans so far this year has increased as compared to the same period in 2013-2014, a senior traffic police officer said.

According to official data, till February this year, 700 challans were issued and 83 vehicles were impounded. Most of these, police said, were cases of drink driving. On the other hand, in 2013-2014, 558 challans were issued and 38 cars were impounded.

For the drive, seven new traffic teams have been formed and 23 city police teams have been deployed to check drink driving.

“Currently, the traffic police has 55 alcometers (breathe-analyser) which are in working condition. Of these, 15 have been sent for repair. We are making the best use of the available stock,” Assistant Commissioner of Police (crime) Rajesh Kumar said.

“We are in process of buying new alcometers and have tested a few samples. There are manufactures in Delhi who have the latest technology — alcometers without the straw — as these days we are not using straw for the test,” he said.

For the drive, all major traffic junctions, especially in New Gurgaon, have been covered. Places such as Ambience Mall, MG Road, Golf Course Road, Sohna Road and Sushant Lok have a higher presence of police personnel because most of the city pubs and bars are located in these areas.

A senior traffic officer said the drive would be conducted every day from 8 pm to midnight. All senior police officers, including the Deputy Commissioner of Police, will monitor the drive.

“This kind of vigilance is required because a lot of people are found drinking in their cars and then driving,” Vinod Kaushik, DCP, Traffic, said.

Currently, for a population of over two million, the city traffic team comprises seven traffic inspectors, 70 zonal officers and 270 constables and head constables. The entire team has three ACPs, a DCP and a joint commissioner.

“The ratio goes down when special duties are assigned to traffic police personnel during special events,” a senior officer said. The 21 per cent manpower shortage has forced the police force to postpone many of its plans to enforce law and order, the officer said.

In January, the Punjab and Haryana High Court had directed the chief secretary of Haryana to develop a separate traffic wing for each district independent from other duties of the police department.

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