In the wake of the two drink driving accidents in the past one week, the traffic police have decided to conduct nakabandis after midnight across the city.
"Both incidents have occurred around 2am. We will organise patrolling after midnight so that no offender gets away and puts innocent lives at risk," said Vivek Phansalkar, joint commissioner of police (traffic). Phansalkar said the traffic police will step up vigilance to ensure safety on roads. "When they are drinking and driving, people should be aware that they are risking the lives of their passengers and the people on the streets," he said.
Statistics obtained from the traffic police show that 14,681 cases were reported in 2009, 16,290 cases in 2010 and in 2011, 16,324. While in 2009, 11,499 people were sentenced to simple imprisonment, the figure dropped to 10,262 in 2010 and 6,094 in 2011. The licences of 9,484 people were suspended for drink driving in 2009 as against 8,354 in 2010 and 6,037 in 2011.
"The year 2009 saw a slump in drink-driving cases, " said a traffic police official, requesting anonymity.