Kudos to Mumbai police for keeping the city sober
The city that in the past would record a high number of cases of drink driving, saw a considerable drop this year, all thanks to the sustained efforts of the Mumbai Traffic Police.
Till 2010, Mumbaikars would wake up to a new year with at least one story of a major accident in which footpath dwellers had been crushed to death by speed demons driving in an inebriated state. However, this year, no such case has been reported.
It was unfortunate that it took several deaths and cases for the police to pull up their socks and start taking drink-driving offences seriously. In September 2002, Salman Khan allegedly ran over employees of a Bandra Bakery on Hill Road. Later, in November 2006, Alistair Pereira claimed the lives of seven people when he ran them over. And once again in 2010, the city was rocked when NRI hairstylist Nooriya Haveliwala rammed her vehicle into five people, killing two.
It was only after these cases that the police took up the matter in earnest and took stringent steps to curb the menace of drink driving. The traffic police authorities started taking offenders to task, irrespective of who they were. In some cases, heavy fines were imposed; in others, lawbreakers were even arrested, all in the attempt of putting an end to the nuisance. And it appears that their attempts have proved fruitful: this year, only 568 drivers were caught for drink driving compared to last year’s number of 840. With the remarkable results this year, Mumbaikars hope the authorities overcome their image of being the most corrupt and implement many such drives with vigour and zeal to ensure that our streets are safe again.