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13 women charged with drunk-driving in Mumbai: Salunkhe

Ever since the city traffic police initiated its anti-drunk driving campaign in the metropolis, a merely 13 women have been found behind the wheels under the influence of alcohol.

mumbai Updated: Oct 04, 2009 12:11 IST

Ever since the city traffic police initiated its anti-drunk driving campaign in the metropolis, a merely 13 women have been found behind the wheels under the influence of alcohol.

A total of 37,988 motorists have been charged with drunk driving since June, 2007 when the traffic police, in an attempt to bring down accidents, began its crack down on motorists driving vehicles after consuming alcohol.

Of the total 37,988 offenders, 13 are women while the rest are men, according to the statistics available with traffic police. However, there are no repeat female offenders.

"We do not differentiate between men and women while conducting tests on motorists. Even if we find slight sign that a motorist is driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol, we book him/her," said Deputy Police Commissioner (traffic) S Salunkhe.

The numbers indicate that females prefer not to drive after drinks, which is a good sign, Salunkhe observed.

Of the 13 women charged with drunk driving, two were sentenced one-day imprisonment while four had to sit inside the court as punishment till the court finishes its proceedings for the day.

Two had to pay fine and lose their licenses while two had been fined. Three cases are still pending in the court, traffic police said.