Community Against Drunken Driving (CADD), a group that advocates safe driving, on Wednesday said they would lodge a protest against the decision of the the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) to introduce breath analyser tests at stations to stop drunk commuters from boarding the Delhi Metro.
Following a Hindustan Times report on Tuesday about the decision by CISF who guard the Metro stations, the CADD has decided to soon write to the ministry of home affairs and other ministries concerned to scrap what it claims is a “weird plan”.
According to them, restricting people from commuting by Metro after a few drinks will encourage drunk driving that is responsible for 40-50% road accidents every year in the national Capital.
“We will strongly oppose this insensitive decision of the authorities and ensure that it does not get implemented,” said Prince Singhal, founder of CADD, which has been advocating safe driving for the past one and half decades now.
“Drinking responsibly is not a crime and one can’t be denied the right of using public transportation just for having a few drinks,” he said, adding that there were specific laws in place to deal with people who cause nuisance in the Metro.
“Disallowing drunken people from boarding the Metro, anticipating that they might cause nuisance or get involved in brawls is ridiculous,” Singhal stated.
The Institute of Road Transport Engineers (IRTE) that provides solutions dedicated to driver training programmes, road safety audits, education, traffic management and road crash investigations, also found the decision of introducing alcometer tests at Metro stations “bizarre”.
“Unlike dry states such as Gujarat, alcohol consumption is not prohibited in Delhi. Then, how could security agencies stop people from using the Metro for consuming alcohol?” questioned Rohit Baluja, president, IRTE.
KK Kapila, chairman, International Road Federation, said, “They may be allowed to sit for sometime till they become normal to move without creating trouble for others.”