“People come to our hotel in swanky cars, looking like film stars. Two hours later, when they come out of the nightclub, their shirts are out of the trousers and buttons are open, the hair is all messed up and the heroes look like villains. I have seen this happen every day of my job as the valet in this hotel for the past five years. When I take the cars for parking, many a time, there are liquor bottles lying on the backseat. Some people also have a fancy bar in the car, which even tempts us.
More than 80 per cent of the people coming out of the parties in the hotel are drunk, and most of them are as young as 22-23. Some end up fighting with the staff if the car takes a while to come. We have been told by the management to keep an eye on those who seem too drunk to drive. We try to delay bringing their car on some pretext and inform the reception, which then informs the police van normally stationed outside the hotel.
The police comes and takes over. They are rich people and we can’t tell them anything. If we try to advise them to not drive, they abuse us. Kisi ko rai dene ka zamana toh raha nahi hai (It’s not the age of advising anyone). Some are so sloshed that we have to carry them on our shoulders and make them sit properly.
Sometimes, they vomit all over. In such cases, the hotel suggests that they take a hotel cab. Par jab insaan nashe mein hota hai toh apne aap ko hero ya raja samajhta hai (But when a man is intoxicated, he thinks of himself as a king). Everyone knows that the speed limit is 50-60 km/hr but these drunk people play loud music and drive their cars like aeroplanes.
Yehi log hai jo gaadi footpath pe chada dete hai yaa khambe se takra jaate hai aur agle din akhbaar ki headlines ban jaate hai. (Such people drive on the pavements and become newspaper headlines the next day). The bottom line is, life is precious, cherish it and keep it safe.”
Did you know?
65 percent of around 12,000 road accidents in the national capital last year were caused by drunk drivers.
The highest mortality in such accidents was among those below the age of 5, or between 21 and 34.
Around 17 per cent of government hospital beds at any time are occupied by road accident victims in drink driving cases.
Source: Community against drunken driving in Delhi
As told to Roma Arora