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Your last excuse for drink driving just expired

Acting on police orders, pubs and discotheques owners across the city have started providing cab services to those who are too drunk to drive.

delhi Updated: Jul 11, 2009 23:21 IST
Vijaita Singh

Don't worry about driving home, if you happen to get drunk.

Acting on police orders, pubs and discotheques owners across the city have started providing cab services to those who are too drunk to drive.

In March this year, the High Court had issued orders that it would be the onus of the pub owners to ensure the safety of their guests.

Till June this year, 5,655 people were prosecuted on charges of drunk driving in the Capital. There was a jump of over 48 per cent in cases of drink driving this year from last year.

Till June last year, 3,818 persons were prosecuted for drink driving.

"We have tied up with a taxi operator within the premises of the hotel. Whenever a guest is not in an adequate form to drive, we arrange for a cab and make sure he or she reaches home safely,” said Rajan Madhu of F Bar, The Ashok. “As per police guidelines, we started this service about a month ago.”

On Friday night, Delhi traffic Police conducted surprise checks around 40 pubs and discotheques in the city.

“On Friday alone, we challaned 384 persons for driving in an inebriated condition on the city roads,” said SN Srivastava, joint commissioner of police (traffic).

“We had zeroed in on 40 locations surrounding pubs and discotheques. We impounded 46 vehicles and challaned 77 people for dangerous driving.”

Pubs have also been asked not to serve alcohol to guests beyond 1 am.