Need more breath analysers to nail offenders: Mumbai traffic cops

  • Farhan Shaikh, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Dec 26, 2014 19:55 IST

While the traffic police ín Mumbai are set to hold a special drive against drink driving, senior officials say they do not have adequate equipment to nail those flouting the law.

The traffic department had written to the director general of police (DGP) earlier this year, asking for 92 breath analysers, but the DGP office has sanctioned only 12.

“We have close to 90 breath analysers. We have acquired 12 new sets this year,” said Dr BK Upadhyay, joint commissioner of police, traffic.

The city’s constabulary force, which is at the forefront of such campaigns, is more concerned. “We can’t sniff always, but we have to lean in and ask the driver his name,” said a constable on condition of anonymity, as he is not authorised to speak to the media.

“With six machines in an area like Andheri, it will take at least 3 minutes per motorist for the check. While it gets tiring for the staff, the waiting period will also annoy motorists awaiting their turn. The only solution is to equip the force with sufficient analysers,” said another senior officer.

The authorities have increased the number of checkpoints across the city, with an additional 25 spots chosen to curb the number of drink driving cases.

Till November this year, eastern suburbs, with six traffic outposts, have registered 3,921 cases of drink driving. The north region, which has only four traffic outposts, has registered 3,602 cases till November 30 this year.

The traffic police will coordinate with the city police. However, officials believe lack of equipment will increase the time and effort of the police personnel.

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