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Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Bangalore has most drunk drivers

See this news. Is it a fallout of being IT capital of India?...that with young folk with high salary in IT & ITES this is a norm?....please read on….

B'lore has most drunk drivers

Ashwin Raj | TNN

Bangalore: It ain't worth a hiccup that the pub capital of India is also the country's tipsiest city. At least that's what a dubious record notched up by the city's drivers suggest.    Bangalore registered the higest number of cases of drinking and driving in 2005—27,673. Swallow these statistics: the 100 alcometers in Bangalore is second only to Mumbai's, where the traffic police have 146 alcometers or alcohol detectors. Delhi police have less than 30 alcometers.    According to police records, while over 27,000 drunken driving cases were booked in Bangalore in 2005, 6,202 cases have been recorded till April 8 this year. In 2005, Mumbai police booked 1,176 cases of drunken driving. Delhi traffic police booked around the same number of cases during that period.    DCP traffic (east) M A Saleem said: "Each of the 36 traffic police stations in the city have three alcometers which are used regularly. Special drives are conducted against drunken driving, which is rampant during weekends.''    Drunken driving cases have been increasing steadily every year in the city and even frequent drives to crack down on the offence have not deterred many. Offenders can be imprisoned for up to six months or fined up to Rs 2,000 by court under provisions of the Motor Vehicle Act.    The cases register a spurt during year-end months of October, November and December, a trend that the traffic police attribute to the cold weather and the new year mood. LAW'S SPEED Motor Vehicles Act    Section 185 of the Indian Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, says that a person who has in his/her blood alcohol exceeding 30 mg per 100 ml of blood detected by breath analyser, or is under the influence of a drug to such an extent as to be incapable of exercising proper control over the vehicle, can be jailed for up to six months or fined up to Rs 2,000. For a second offence committed within three years of the previous misdemeanor, imprisonment may extend up to two years or fine up to Rs 3,000, or both

(Times of India/Mumbai/25th April 2006/pg12)


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