Only a collaborative effort between the public, the traffic police and those selling liquor can check drink driving, the city’s traffic police said.
“What we require is a collaborative effort between all the stake holders – from the public to the pubs to the traffic police,” said Vivek Phansalkar, joint commissioner of police (traffic). “The traffic police have made substantial effort to control the problem, but if people do not respond to it, all the drives we conduct become pointless.”
The past one week has seen two major drink-driving accidents – the first severely injured Ra One animator Charu Khandal, while the second killed an 18-year-old girl and critically inured two others.
On New Year’s eve, the traffic police had appealed to pubs and hotels to ensure that no person who had consumed alcohol be allowed to drive. As a result, no major accidents were reported on December 31, traffic officials said.
“We asked places selling alcohol to be careful about not letting people drink and drive, failing which strict action would be taken against them. The results were incredible. I don’t understand why these places don’t ensure this happens on a daily basis,” said Brijesh Singh, additional commissioner of police (traffic).
On December 31, the cops had also liaised with cabbies and car services, requesting them to be available so that there are fewer people drinking and driving.
“We will increase patrols and deploy local police to strengthen the campaign against drink driving. But people have to take responsibility as well. For instance, in the Juhu case, the other five occupants of the car were aware that the driver was drunk and should not have let him drive,” said Phansalkar.