After sitting through an hour-long PowerPoint presentation on Don’t Drink and Drive by the traffic police at Shah and Anchor Kutchhi Engineering College, Chembur on Monday, Sumeet Bhatia (21), a final year student of the college said he was armed with a more convincing argument to deter people from getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol.
“I now know about the law and the punishment for drink driving,” said Bhatia. More than 100 students from the college interacted with the traffic police, which in association with Hindustan Times have launched the initiative to curb drink driving at various city colleges.
Over the next few days, the traffic police will organise similar sessions at other colleges.
“Almost 70 per cent of drink driving cases involve people in the age group of 25 to 35. But if they are made aware of the consequences that their actions could have, this number will surely decrease,” said Nandkumar Mistry, assistant commissioner of police.
“I learnt about the laws dealing with drink driving and the penalties. I intend to propagate this through social networking sites so that everyone in my social circle is aware of the same and avoids such irresponsible acts,” said Nitin Tak (22), a final year student of the college.
“People from the younger generation live in the present and don’t stop to consider the effects of their actions. Such interactions are necessary to make them more responsible,” said Dr. R.V. Karambelkar, the college principal.