With more than 60,000 cases being booked during 2012, Bangalore tops the metropolitan cities in the country for instances of drunken driving.

Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Bangalore M.A. Saleem said national capital Delhi, where 18,000 cases were booked in the same year, comes a distant second.

Continuous drive

The drive against drunken driving is continuing this year also with the traffic police so far booking 12,000 cases till March end. During weekends, when the checking against drunken driving is more elaborate, more than a thousand drunken drivers are booked every day, he said.

Since last year (2012) when the drive against drunken driving was intensified, the traffic police also recommended for suspension of 1,600 driving licences for second time offenders, which has been accepted by the Regional Transport Authority (RTA).

“The driving licences of offenders involved in three or more violations will be cancelled,” he added.

While many States have different penalties for drunken driving cases, the Bangalore City Traffic police books a case of drunken driving against the violators whose blood test confirms alcohol presence above the prescribed limit (of 30 mg alcohol / 100 ML of blood), their vehicles would be seized and they would be asked to appear in the court the next day.

“It is the discretion of the Magistrate to impose penalty either in terms of imprisonment or with fine of Rs. 2,000 or with both,” said Mr. Saleem, adding that except for one case in Upparpet police station limits in Bangalore last year, nobody has been sent to the jail.

Major cause

The Bangalore Traffic Police aim to reduce the number of drunken driving incidents in the city, which are the major cause of accidents and deaths, Mr. Saleem said.

IMRAN GOWHAR

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