Bangalore sees increase in drunken drive cases

By: Narayan R

Bangalore, August 31, 2017: Drink and drive cases have gone up by 34 per cent in Bangalore in 2017. Till August this year, the police have registered 39,254 cases. In the same period, the numbers were 28,429 and 29,105 in 2015 and 2016 respectively.

This is despite the fact that the fine for drunken driving had been increased from Rs 2000 to Rs 10,000.

Drinking and driving has led to five deaths in the city so far this year, as compared to 18 in the whole of 2016, says the Traffic Police, Planning Department.

Adugodi Traffic Police, South-East sub-division of Bangalore has registered 9,114 cases, which is the highest in the city for 2017, whereas the Central sub-division registered the lowest, with 2,985 cases.

R Hithendra, Additional Commissioner of Police, Traffic, said that the increase is due to the casual attitude of public, and the fact that commuters are negligent and do not take the laws seriously. He also added that increased use of breath-o-meter and patrolling in nights could be another factor behind more registered cases.

The Motor Vehicle Act allows an individual to drink and drive if he has consumed less than 40mg of alcohol for 100ml of blood.

Other metropolitan cities like Delhi and Mumbai register an average of 20,000 cases of drunk driving every year, less than half of what Bangalore registers. Last year, the total number of cases in Bangalore was 59,028.

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