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Drive against drink driving to continue

Jan. 2: More than 130 cases of drink driving were filed by Guwahati traffic police last week, prompting police to continue their drive against the menace.

The traffic cops had launched the special drive last Wednesday and deployed separate squads equipped with breath analysers. During random checks, they found that many people were riding motorcycles or driving cars in an inebriated condition.

Bibekananda Das, superintendent of police (city traffic), told The Telegraph that they would continue the drive to rein in drunk drivers. “The drive will continue at night to bring long-term change.”

According to statistics available with the traffic police, 225 drink-driving cases were reported in December, out of which more than 130 were detected last week.

Dispur police station reported the maximum number of cases — 66 — followed by Geetanagar (57), Gorchuk (19), Jalukbari (16) and Chandmari police station (15).

Das said the traffic police unit at Gorchuk was also monitoring the inter-state bus terminus at Betkuchi to check if drivers were consuming liquor before driving the bus.

“If any driver is found drunk before starting the bus, the matter is immediately reported to the transport agency and the driver is replaced,” he said.

Currently, the cops are using at least 10 breath analysers.

During checks, those with below 30ml alcohol per 100ml of blood are allowed to drive while non-FIR cases are registered against those who violate this limit.

Blood alcohol content or blood alcohol concentration is the level of alcohol in the blood. “According to the Motor Vehicles Act, a person with 30ml alcohol content per 100ml of blood is allowed to ride a motorcycle or drive a car while non-FIR cases are registered against those violating this limit. We received at least 10 such cases since we launched the special drive,” a traffic police officer said.

“We want to continue the drive because we want to bring in long-term change in people’s attitude. People should understand that driving a vehicle in an inebriated condition is always dangerous because they lose control of their vehicle under the influence of alcohol. On New Year’s eve, two young motorcyclists died after hitting a road divider at Geetanagar under the influence of alcohol,” the officer said.