The traffic police’s “do not drink and drive” campaign seems to have some positive impact on motorists. The number of drink driving cases in the hard-drinking city has dropped by 15 per cent in 2012 as compared to 2011.
Vivek Phansalkar, joint commissioner of police (traffic), attributed the sharp drop in drink driving cases to awareness among the motorists. “Besides awareness programme, the fear of losing driving licence and imprisonment for the violation has done the trick,” said Phansalkar, adding that many of them hired service of chauffeurs to ferry them home after a party at a restaurant or a pub.
The figures provided by the Mumbai traffic police stated that 14,220 cases of drink driving were registered in 2012 as against 16,324 recorded in 2011. The traffic police had also suspended driving licences of 4,187 offenders in 2012 while the figure was 6,037 for 2011.
While 5,260 offenders were sentenced to simple imprisonment in 2012, 6,094 offenders were sent to jail by the court for drink driving in 2011. It means the corresponding figure of imprisonment dipped by 16 per cent.
“I can’t say that the number of major vehicular accidents across the city has dipped due to the anti-drink driving campaign launched by the traffic police. The traffic police also need to conduct a campaign against dangerous driving, over speeding and motorists jumping the traffic signal to bring down the number of accidents in city,” said Ashok Datar, an expert in traffic-related matters.