Women volunteers to check drunk female drivers in city

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Gurgaon
  • Updated: Mar 11, 2015 10:30 IST

With an aim to promote women empowerment, Gurgaon police along with Hindustan Times have geared up for a unique drive against drunken driving, starting Wednesday night.

The month- long drive will involve more than 15 road safety officers (RSOs), teams of women’s rights organization Wess and more than five traffic teams.

Under the initiative, women volunteers armed with alcoholmeters would fien drunk drivers on the spot.

Women teams would be seen on major spots.

It will kick off from IFFCO Chowk and cover different areas.

HT would distribute stickers and pamphlets to generate awareness on the issue.

The month-long drive would spread awareness among the people who drink and drive or ask women companions to drive to escape being fined.

Police said during the drive even women drivers will not be spared.

“It has been observed that many men, to escape being challaned for drunken driving, ask their female friends or spouse to drive the car even if they are also drunk. Many accidents take place due to this reason and someone without fault suffers and many times people lose their lives due to the negligence of others,” said Bharti Arora, joint commissioner of police, Gurgaon.

Police said now even women drivers are on the radar.

The road safety officers (RSO) will also take active part in the drive and would be seen with police teams.

“This will happen for the first time that women volunteers will be seen at odd hour challaning drivers with police teams. It shows women are no less than men and can stand up for the noble cause. RSO teams will be deployed with the women teams at several locations,” said Abhinav Chopra, RSO.

However, the teams would be majorly seen on MG Road, Golf Course Road, Sector 29 and Cyber Hub as most of the pubs and bars are located in these areas.

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