In spite of Delhi Police’s ‘zero-tolerance’ approach to drunk driving that landed about 3,000 drivers behind the bars and led to the suspension of over 2,000 driving licences in 2011, the menace of mixing drinking with driving continues to prevail.
“Until one either meets with an accident or gets prosecuted, he does not learn a lesson. This is the reason people, especially youths, do not get rid of the killer habit of drunk driving despite being aware of so many tragic incidents,” said Satyendra Garg, joint commissioner of police (traffic).
The New Year’s first reported case of road death attributed to drunk driving took place early on Sunday. A 35-year-old auto driver lost his life after being hit by a Mercedes driven by a 24-year-old youth in Vasant Kunj.
Last year, on December 2, a drunk constable posted with the special cell of Delhi Police ran his car into an auto-rickshaw on Aruna Asaf Ali Road in Vasant Kunj area of south Delhi. The auto-rickshaw driver was injured.
In May 2010, two people were crushed under the wheels of a Honda City driven by a drunk woman. The car rammed an auto in the Delhi Cantonment area.
In mid-2010, a medical student who was allegedly driving his car under the influence of alcohol killed three-four labourers working on Aurobindo Marg.
To curb the menace of drunk driving on city roads, the Delhi Police are planning to increase the frequency and timing of night vigil.
Generally the drives against drunk driving take place once or twice in a week and continue till 11 pm. "We will conduct surprise drives till midnight," said a police officer.