Majority of offenders caught for drink driving in Mumbai are two-wheeler riders, shows traffic data of the last three years.
According to statistics, in 2009, 11,379 riders on two-wheelers were arrested
for drink driving, while 3,987 drink driving offenders were driving four wheelers. A total number of 14, 681 offenders were arrested.
The Mumbai traffic police have been conducting an intense anti-drink driving campaign
on city roads since last three years.
In 2008, 16,450 offenders were booked for drink driving. Of these, 11,816 were riding a two-wheeler, while 3,898 were driving a four-wheeler.
The traffic police blame the psyche of the drivers for this pattern.
“In spite of strict punishment, the pattern has not changed,” said a high-ranking officer from the traffic police.
Traffic policeman argue that the continuous and rigorous anti-drink drive campaign has brought down the number of two-wheeler riders indulging in drink drive compared to previous years.
“In 2007 around 73 per cent drink drivers were two-wheeler riders. This trend has been decreasing. In 2009 the percentage of two-wheeler riders in drink driving cases was down to 66.9,” said Nandkumar Chougule, deputy commissioner of traffic police.
“This is because bikes are more accessible to people,” added Chougule.
The statistics also point out that the number of four wheeler drivers driving under the influence of alcohol has steadily increased in the past three years.
In 2008, 24 per cent of the total number drink drivers were driving a four-wheeler, while in 2009, 27.16 per cent of offenders arrested for drink driving drove a four-wheeler.
Interestingly, while the number of two wheeler riders caught for drink driving tops the list of offenders, when it comes to accidents caused by drink driving, the number of four wheeler drivers is higher.
In 2008, 130 four-wheeler drivers were involved in drink driving accidents, compared to 72 two-wheeler riders.
In 2009, 118 four-wheeler drivers were involved in accidents compared to 83 two-wheeler