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Traffic police join hands with NCC to curb drink driving

Concerned about the number of drink driving arrests in the last three years, the traffic police have joined hands with the National Cadet Corps (NCC) to spread awareness about the campaign against drink driving.

mumbai Updated: Sep 28, 2010 00:50 IST

Concerned about the number of drink driving arrests in the last three years, the traffic police have joined hands with the National Cadet Corps (NCC) to spread awareness about the campaign against drink driving.

“Although there is awareness in the city, the drink driving arrests have not come down in the past three years since the drive started. The greatest example is the accident at Marine Drive early this month,” said Vivek Phansalkar, joint commissioner of police (traffic).

“NCC cadets are helping us re-launch the awareness campaign,” added Phansalkar. The 500 NCC cadets will stand at 16 major junctions of the city holding banners for two hours a day for the next six days.

Nitin Dosa, president of the Western India Automobile Association said the Mumbai traffic police are the first in the world to launch the anti-drink driving campaign and make arrests.

Police teams form London have come to the city to take lessons from them and this awareness drive will help bring down the number of drink drivers.

“When we went to the traffic head quarters to collect our licenses that were suspended six months ago, we were asked to come and collect the licenses after we took an oath,” said a 25-year-old watchman of the BMC crematorium, who was caught drink driving his motorcycle at Santacruz six months ago.