Seniors getting caught for drunken driving

THE HANS INDIA |   Feb 15,2017 , 01:56 AM IST

Police using a breath analyser to check drunken driving in Visakhapatnam (File photo)
Police using a breath analyser to check drunken driving in Visakhapatnam (File photo)

Visakhapatnam: More and more elderly persons are getting caught for drunken driving, as per the traffic police records. About 65 per cent caught for drunken driving are above fifty in the city.

 Most of them consume liquor with friends in beachside dhabas and return home only to get caught at the check posts put up by the traffic police late in the night.

 Interestingly none of them either hire online taxies easily available now or get a professional driver.

Senior officer said at least six in 10 people caught in the city for drunken driving are in the age group of 40 to 55 years. However, the younger men on motorcycles give the slip to the police or get information from their friends through social media.

As per the traffic police’s data on drunken driving for 2016, in all 19,000 people were caught for the offences, of them above 60 per cent motorists were above 50 years.

The traffic police collected Rs1.36 crore as a fine for drunken driving and 37 motorists were sentenced to three to five days imprisonment for the offence last year.

“Drunken driving accounts for 10 per cent of deaths in the accidents, hence, we are stepping up vigilance and deploying police personnel at strategic points in the city,’’ said ADCP traffic K Mahendra Patrudu.

Hereafter the traffic department is contemplating to cancel the driving licence if the offenses are repeated, he added.

Pedestrians on the Beach Road often complain that the teenagers not only killing themselves, but people who walk on the roads.

The city has won the dubious distinction of recording the maximum number of drunken driving cases in the state followed by Vijayawada and Guntur.

As per the national statistics, an average of nearly 12,000 people die every year and an average of nine lakh people get arrested in drunken driving incidents.

 However, strengthening the laws can never be the only solution, said a former police officer. He welcomed the new Motor Vehicle Amendment Bill, 2016 that  envisages a fine  of Rs 10,000.