Phagwara police lack alcometers
The Phagwara police's drive against traffic offenders has been successful on almost all counts, except against drunken driving. The department lacks alcometers, which hampered its ability to catch the offenders and challan them.punjab Updated: Aug 12, 2012 23:23 IST
The Phagwara police's drive against traffic offenders has been successful on almost all counts, except against drunken driving. The department lacks alcometers, which hampered its ability to catch the offenders and challan them.
Most drunk drivers are thus not caught and allowed to drive on, becoming a danger to themselves as well as other road users.
A look at the challan book of Phagwara traffic police reveals that the police have issued just two challans for drunken driving from May to July. A total of over 4,000 challans have been issued over the period.
"We have written three times to the ADGP traffic to provide us alcometers to check drunken driving. Without the instrument, it becomes difficult to check drunken driving," said SP traffic Kapurthala SK Agnihotri.
The SP also admitted that drunken driving was a major cause of road accidents.
Without the equipment, the police have to resort to the lengthy process of taking the offender to the civil hospital for medical examination and only then can a challan be issued. Most offenders thus have to be let-off for want of evidence.
On a major complaint from residents about rash driving by private buses, the SP said lack of staff had hit their ability to act tough against the violators.
Of the 4,000 challans from May to July, around 1,000 (25%) were of two-wheelers without helmet. More than Rs 6.5 lakh had been collected from the offenders.
First Published: Aug 12, 2012 23:21 IST