Traffic data for the month of June shows a drastic fall in the number of drunk driving offenders, with only 1,062 cases reported in three weeks of June.
Many traffic officials attribute this to the continuous campaign against drunk driving, following the freeway accident where an Audi crashed into a taxi killing two commuters in the early hours of June 9. The driver, Janhavi Gadkar, is now in judicial custody after her blood tested positive for alcohol.
According to the data available with traffic police, May had seen 1,398 cases, with a fine collection of Rs 32,11,300. While the figures had seen an increase since March with 1,902 caught, the June data shows that the campaign against drunk driving had an impact.
Further, the total number of offenders for the comparative months between the first two quarters compared to 2014 has shown a drastic reduction —by 48,000 cases. As a result, the fine is also showing a parallel decline — by Rs 4.74 lakh. Following Gadkar’s drunken ride, the traffic police also increased patrol on women drivers with shifts changed for their women constabulary. A total of 7,884 cases of drunken driving has been recorded till date this year.
Interestingly, the data for last year reveals that there has been a very small dip in the number of traffic offenders for all kinds of road offences, with 16,013 offenders booked compared to 16,525 in 2013 for the same period.
Rash driving, however, seems to have come down by half from the beginning of the year, with 1,160 cases in January to 554 in June. Even helmet-less driving has come down. While there were more than 30,000 offenders in January, June shows only 18,096 people were fined for driving without a helmet.
The court fine recorded for the last six months have also shown a decline from Rs 9,42,950 fined in January to Rs 1,53,550 in June.
The category of fines for ‘refusal to ply’ has also shown a sharp decline, with 2,121 cases recorded in the start of the year, which dropped to 571 in June.