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Driving Miss Crazy

india Updated: Oct 21, 2011 01:14 IST

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Next time you go out for that long-pending romantic drive in your brand new car, stay away from cars driven by women. We are cautioning you not because women can't drive (it's a myth propagated by the men who can't drive sanely), but because some of them (women) could be a little too happy after a peg or two, and like drunk men drivers, can commit a serious driving mistake. So where are the policemen, is that your question? Well, they might be right there at the next junction ("red light", if you are a Delhi-wallah), but they will probably not stop a woman driver and ask her to exhale into an alcometer, a contraption to decide on alcohol levels in the body, because they don't have enough women personnel to understake such exercises. While the Delhi Police have sent 2,500 persons behind bars for driving - as a typical police press release would say - under the influence of alcohol, in a year's time, that tally does not include even a single woman driver.

We find this hands-off (no pun intended) approach really amusing. Why can't a policeman ask a woman (politely) to roll down the car window and tell her (politely) to use the alcometer? After all, by such timely intervention, the policeman may actually be saving more than one life. Ah, is it because the law says that there must be a woman police officer present when a woman is arrested after sundown? What about the threat of a heavy penalty as a preventive measure? Like the helmet issue, when it comes to safety, there should be no reverse gender bias.

Meanwhile, we are also amused by what a senior traffic cop said on the issue. Asked why the police was going soft on tipsy women drivers, he said: "Women in Delhi do not generally drink and drive. They cause less than 2% of all fatal road mishaps in the city." Well, how would he know? They are never stopped, anyway. As for fewer number of accidents, maybe women are actually better drivers, drunk or not drunk!