SS Deswal, commissioner, Gurgaon Police, spoke to Hindustan Times on the issue of drunken driving and road rage.
Cases of road rage and drunken driving are on the rise in the city. Why have the police failed to curb them?
We have slapped challans on 10,476 traffic violators till September 25, while we managed to send 13 people to jail for drunken driving. The figure shows that we are working hard.
Does less visibility of the police encourage youth to violate rules?
The department is facing staff crunch, but that won't come in the way of enforcing law. The murder of toll plaza attendant shows that we are an efficient force. We arrested the criminals within three days of the incident.
How serious is the issue of drunken driving?
In road rage cases, it was found that majority of persons involved were drunk. Even in the toll plaza murder also, the accused had consumed liquor. A section of the youth thinks that it is adventurous to get drunk and indulge in violence acts. This is really a serious matter.
How such crimes can be controlled?
The police alone cannot do anything. We need the support and help of all sections of the people. We can act only after the incident but the society can prevent it from happening. There is a need to instill values in our youngsters. This could be done at society level.