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Most drink-driving offenders are youth, say traffic police

mumbai Updated: Oct 26, 2012 02:02 IST
Puja Changoiwala
Puja Changoiwala
Hindustan Times
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The traffic police believe that drink and rash driving are offences that can be associated directly with youngsters as “speed and youth go hand in hand”.

“If you look at the number of people caught for rash driving, you will realise that most offenders are between 20 and 35 years old. If you consider the number of accidents on JJ flyover, most involve young motorcyclists who should not be on the flyover in the first place,” said a senior official, requesting anonymity.

Despite random nakabandis being held at various spots across the city, the number of people caught drinking and driving remains high, officials said. And many of these offenders, officials said, are in the younger age bracket.

The last three years’ data shows that as more and more people driving after drinking are caught, the number of accidents is going down.

In 2009, the traffic police caught 14,681 motorists and bikers for drinking and driving; in 2010, the number had increased to 16,290 and in 2011, it touched 16,324.

Correspondingly, the number of accidents recorded in 2009 was 6,741 as against 6144 in 2010 and 5,118 accidents in 2011.

“The feedback to our drink driving campaign is that now more people are aware of the hazards of driving after alcohol consumption and that many people refrain from doing it. But there are some, mostly youngsters, who will do it simply to rebel against the system,” the official said. “People need to abide by regulations for their own safety.”