Rise in drunken driving cases worries police

He was speaking after inaugurating ‘Wheel Watch’, a drive against drunken driving, here on Monday.

Bidari said: “The number of accidents have come down over the last couple of years. Accident related deaths have also come down by 20 per cent. The trend shows that the road users are following traffic norms and are aware of the road safety measures. The biggest challenge before the City police is drunken driving. The cases of drunken driving are increasing in the City.”

As many as 30,000 cases of drunken driving were recorded in 2007. The number was 39,000 in 2008 and it has already crossed 45,000 in 2010.  The percentage of persons driving under the influence of alcohol is around 57. The figures calls for an urgent measures to create awareness on the issue, he said.

Bidari said software engineers ensured an iconic status to the City at the international level; similarly, cab and auto drivers in particular should emulate them by following etiquette, like speaking decently to consumers and being polite.

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