Most of those caught for drunken driving here are autorickshaw and cab drivers followed by two-wheeler riders

Drunken driving might be keeping the police on their toes elsewhere but in old city they can take it easy. If figures are anything to go by, cases of tipsy driving are few and far between here.

Statistics obtained through Right to Information (RTI) Act corroborates it. Out of a total of 2,560 drunken driving cases booked between June and August by 25 traffic police stations in the city, only 475 were registered in the jurisdiction of six traffic police stations in old city.

The Asifnagar traffic police booked 34 cases of drunken driving, Charminar (42), Bahadurpura (53), Falaknuma (70), Mirchowk (71) and Goshamahal (124).

During the same period, Gopalapuram traffic police booked 173 cases, Marredpally (125), Banjara Hills (114), Chikkadpally (141), Malakpet (161) and Kachiguda (179).

Most of those caught for drunken driving here are autorickshaw and cab drivers followed by two-wheeler riders.

“On occasions, we are unable to catch a single person,” admits a traffic cop indicating the near absence of alcohol abuse in the old city.

According to the traffic police, the Owaisi Hospital junction to Chandrayangutta road stretch, which is a part of the inner ring road, witnesses a lot of drunken driving. The area comes under the jurisdiction of Falaknuma traffic police station.

Introducing the drunken driving checking in this part of the city was not an easy task.

Initially the people here were reluctant to undergo the test and entered into arguments with the traffic police personnel. Nevertheless, they are cooperating after realising the benefits of conducting such a drive, informs a traffic police official.

The data was obtained by an old city based RTI activist, S. Q. Masood.

More In: Hyderabad