Even as hoteliers in the city said they would try to prevent their customers from drinking and driving, an agency that provides chauffeur services to party goers said few youngsters below 25 years bother to hire chauffeurs after partying.
Sudhakar Shetty, president of the Association of Hotels and Restaurants (Ahar), the apex body of hoteliers, said that of Ahar's 7,000 members, the bigger hotels are already providing drivers to those who visit their bars driving their own vehicles. "The smaller hotels who can't afford to provide drivers should ensure that they put up enough warning signs to educate drivers of the ill-effects of drink driving," he said. Following the recent drink driving accidents, Shetty said Ahar would "reinforce the guidelines". Close to two years ago, associations such as Ahar had introduced the scheme of providing drivers to those customers who have to drive home after consuming alcohol.
On Saturday, 18-year-old Shivani Rawat was killed and her two friends injured after another friend, Rahul Mishra, 23, smashed their car into a tree after which it overturned several times.
Just last week, an allegedly drunk driver injured Ra One animator Charu Khandal when his car crashed into the auto-rickshaw she was in. Khandal has gone through a major surgery and is critical.
Speaking about drink driving, Mishal Raheja, director of Party Hard Drivers, an agency that provides chauffeur services to party goers, said youngsters below the age of 25 rarely bother to hire chauffeurs. "We usually get calls from people between 25 and 45 years. Calls from those below 25 years are very few," he said. For hiring a driver, the firm charges Rs 650 for six hours.