High drunken driving cases booked in Warangal

High drunken driving cases booked in Warangal
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The vehicle riders here seem to be simply unaware of the laws that makes riding on roads under the influence of alcohol and uncared of the dangers their act causes.

Warangal: The vehicle riders here seem to be simply unaware of the laws that makes riding on roads under the influence of alcohol and uncared of the dangers their act causes.

The increasing number of drunken driving cases under Warangal police commissionerate and other parts of erstwhile Warangal district shows an alarming trend of among the vehicle riders, who are not bothered to go on roads consuming alcohol.

According to the commisionerate authorities, as many as 8,225 cases of drunken driving have been booked during the past eight months. Notably, the number is nearly double the number of cases booked during 2016 in which about 4,356 persons booked for riding the vehicles under the influence of alcohol.

While an amount of Rs 1.03 crores has been levied as penalty on those caught in drunken driving cases, nearly 586 persons have been given imprisonment, till this August as part of enforcement of law under the commissionerate limits.
In Jayashanker Bhupalpally district, the courts given 23 persons a punishment of two-day imprisonment and seven were sent on one-week jail term. A penalty of Rs 5.55 lakh has been imposed on 440 persons booked in drunken driving cases till August.

In Mahabubabad district, about 39 persons have been sent to jail while an amount of Rs 8, 56, 700 imposed on 513 persons caught in drunken driving cases during past eight months. But the numbers are just an indication as police cannot catch everyone riding on roads after boozing, said an official.

It may be noted that an organisation called Community Against Drunken Driving (CADD), which has been working in educating masses against drunk driving, said nearly 70 per cent of all fatalities in road accidents are due to drunken driving.

It is also said that India records the highest per capita consumption of alcohol in South East Asia and it has to be blamed for increasing number of road accidents caused by drunk drivers.

“To check the trend of drunk driving we have intensified the enforcement. By setting up inspection points on all the roads leading into and outside the city we are checking the vehicle riders on regular basis,” said the Commissioner of Police, G Sudheer Babu.

Speaking to The Hans India, he however felt, besides enforcement by police, it is the awareness among the public on the dangers of drunk driving that plays an important role to prevent the practice. A drunken man when driving on road not only puts his life in threat but also throws the lives of others into danger.

That is why the police are conducting counselling sessions to those caught in drunken driving cases.

The regular inspections on main roads and counselling are yielding good results. Approximate estimates tell us that there is a 20 per cent decline in road accidents, he noted.

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