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Around 13000 caught driving under influence of alcohol in Delhi

While driving licences have been suspended in 2k cases,2,250 traffic violators were sent to prisons.

Written by Agencies | New Delhi |
September 26, 2011 6:18:26 pm

Around 13,000 drunken drivers have been challaned or jailed so far this year — the highest for any year in the city’s history — due to an aggressive drive which police claim has paid high dividends with the reduction in the number of accidents.

According to Delhi Police statistics,over 12,900 people were caught driving under the influence of alcohol till September 20 this year,a figure which has already surpassed last year’s figure of 11,388.

While driving licences have been suspended in nearly 2,000 cases,2,250 traffic violators were sent to prisons to check the menace of drunken driving in the capital.

“Because of the approach and execution,we have succeeded to a great extent. Our number of prosecutions have gone up. In fact this year,it has become the highest even though more than three months remain.

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“Imprisonment have been awarded in a huge number of cases. While prosecutions stood at 11,388 in 2010,this year it has already been an all time high at more than 12,900. I am sure this year will see a massive figure for the whole year,” Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Satyendra Garg said.

While only 689 drunk drivers were challaned in 2000,the number rose to 1,545 cases the next year followed by 2,464 cases in 2002 and 2,793 in 2003. However,the number showed a slight decline to 2,664 in 2004,it rose again to 3,551 cases in 2005,4,286 cases in 2006 and 4,192 in 2007.

In 2008,8,296 people were challaned for drunken driving which again increased to 12,784 in 2009.

It is not only challaning which is increasing,Garg said adding that 2,250 people were imprisoned for drunken driving.

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