After taking several steps to curb drink driving, Delhi traffic police are now planning to make it mandatory for pubs and bars in the city to put posters inside pubs asking customers not to drink and drive.
“We are going to talk to pub and bar owners and also to restaurants that have permits to serve drinks. We will suggest them to display these slogans inside the pubs to discourage people from driving after getting drunk,” said Satyendra Garg, JCP (traffic).
“We will ask them to display it at a prominent place, if possible at the entry and exit points. Idea is to create awareness,” Garg added.
According to the traffic police, drinking and driving is one of the main reasons for maximum road mishaps. The drunk drivers risk lives of other people on road as well. Apart from informing people about menace of drink driving through several campaigns, traffic police are now taking new initiatives to reach to people. While displaying slogans inside pubs is one of them, another step which traffic police is taking is to put up hoardings at various places across the city to create awareness.
“We have identified areas where hoardings will be erected and first one will be put at Khan Market. The hoardings will be put at the places where drink driving is expected,” Garg added.
Traffic police have prepared three posters which will be displayed in the form of hoarding at various places. One of the posters says — ‘No moral policing, we are concerned’.
During the last six months, at least 10 persons in the Capital served prison terms daily for being high on alcohol while driving. Traffic police claimed that heavy crackdown helped bring down the number of accidents.
The traffic police had started a vigorous drive against drink driving a few months ago and had requested the courts to impose jail terms on the offenders.
According to the law, the maximum punishment for drink driving is a stiff six-month jail term along with a fine of R2,000 for the first time offence, and a two-year jail term plus a fine of R3,000 for the second offence.